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Flyers Can’t Quite Match Bobrovsky’s Weekend Effort

Jan 7, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

Via Sam Carchidi:

Pronger: "Bob got us 3 pts this weekend."

High praise for the Flyers' rookie goalie from their best defenseman and most vocal veteran presence.

The Flyers lost a tough one in DC Sunday, but it took the Caps til OT to get the game-winner, so it was still at 3-point weekend. Not the ideal outcome, and we hate to see it go to Mike Green of all people, but a 6-0-1 streak is still nothing to sneeze at. 

Bobrovsky and his counterpart, virginal starter Braden Holtby, each made some big saves to keep two high-powered attacks at bay. Bob had a long night at the office, making 36 saves to earn the praise above by Pronger, on top of his strong play through to keep the Flyers in the game last night. 

Perhaps feeling the added gravity of the stage of playing against some of Russia's finest stars, Nikolay Zherdev opened the scoring, another positive sign for the Flyers. Ville Leino put one on the board as well, adding to his impressive campaign by deflecting a huge point shot from Andrej Meszaros. Ville did take a costly penalty in the second though, and that was part of the overall unfortunate storyline for the Flyers.

Both the tying goal by Alexander Semin and the OT game-winner by Green came on the power play, and regulation time ended with the Caps on the man advantage for 4 minutes after Pronger's stick rode up to catch David Steckel in the face and draw a trace amount of blood. Certainly hard to win that way, but the Flyers did manage to kill Pronger's minutes. Unfortunately, with 18 seconds left, Sean O'Donnell was whistled for boarding. 

That one would prove fateful, and with a power play in OT, the Capitals were able to capitalize. 

The Caps are a great team, one that's tough to face less than 24 hours after the previous contest. All in all though, not a disastrous way to end a great run and head into a few days of recovery. 

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