Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Flyers are on a roll, they are 9-0-1 in their last ten and they dismantled an Ottawa Senators team 5-1 who came in with a 7-3 record in their last 10. The Flyers are a buzz saw at the moment.
There was a moment of silence for Luke Richardson’s daughter who passed away recently.
Ryan Shannon had a great scoring chance midway in the first period but Sergei Bobrovsky (stopped 28 shots) made a nifty leg save to keep the Ottawa Senators off the scoreboard.
The Flyers got on the board first when defenseman Andrej Meszaros took a big shot from the point and that hit off the stick of Danny Briere and into the back of the net. Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott (stopped 41 shots) was powerless and the Flyers had the 1-0 lead at 8:43.
Just as the Flyers were settling into their lead there was a bad bounce that saw the puck end up on the stick of sniper, Jason Spezza who potted the puck to make it a 1-1 game at 10:20 of the opening period.
The Flyers made it a 2-0 game when Claude Giroux won the draw and Kimmo Timonen blasted one through traffic and Darroll Powe deflected the puck that sailed high into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game at 12:17. The power play goal came courtesy of an Erik Karlsson penalty; he had three consecutive infractions that gave the Flyers the momentum swing they were looking for.
”It was tough tonight. We just tried to battle and to keep those penalties down and they scored one in the end. The four penalties kind of killed the game,” said Jarkko Ruutu.
JVR clanked the iron early in the second period and Peter Regin had a good scoring chance right after that but the score remained the same.
Late in the second period Scott Hartnell and Ruutu had a tilt but that was pretty much a draw.
The Flyers cashed in another power play late in the second when Mike Richards tried to take a shot and the puck trickled towards Giroux and he promptly wristed it past Elliott to make it a 3-1 game at 18:41.
“I don’t think he was trying to do that, but we’ll take it,” said Giroux.
A Mike Richards takeaway goal pretty much iced the game for Philly. The score was 4-1 at 6:13 and he scored on a sweet backhand while his team was shorthanded. He scored another after that to make it a 5-1 dismantling of a hot Ottawa Senators team.
Dan Carcillo hurt his knee and he has to get an MRI on it.
“Well he has an injury to his left knee. Right now, we think it’s an MCL sprain, but we are going to have a further exam tomorrow, probably an MRI and we will have a better update tomorrow. We are probably looking at least 2 weeks,” said GM Paul Holmgren. He also added that Andreas Nodl should be in the lineup for the next game.
The Flyers are getting most of their offensive push from the blueline because of a strong defense and stellar goaltending.
Thoughts on Bobrovsky: Right now he’s one of the hottest goaltenders in the league. He’s played in 14 games already but his career high is 35. What will happen when he reaches that mark? Its unchartered waters and it could be a key to the Flyers season. The young Russian never expected to be the Flyers starter and he certainly never expected to have a stellar defense in front of him, he didn’t have that in Russia and that’s yet another reason why he is able to relax even after giving up a goal in a given game.
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