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Bobrovsky looks to keep up mastery over Penguins

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 12:44 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Bobrovsky looks to keep up mastery over Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- For the fourth time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers are dealing with a two-game losing streak. What they haven't had yet is a three-game losing streak.
 
To avoid experiencing their first such streak this season, they must extend their recent success against their cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
The Flyers won all three games in the then-new Consol Energy Center last season and have gained a point in each of their last five games against the Penguins. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who will start, is 3-0 in Consol and 3-1-1 with a .926 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against average against Pittsburgh.
 
Philadelphia won the first of this season's six matchups against Pittsburgh 3-2 on Dec. 8, when Ilya Bryzgalov was in net. After losing his last four starts, Bryzgalov will be the backup. Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 16 shots during a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
 
The projected lineup for the first game that former Penguins Stanley Cup champions Jaromir Jagr and Maxime Talbot will play in a Flyers uniform in Pittsburgh:
 
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Matt Read - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds
James van Riemsdyk - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
Harry Zolnierczyk - Brayden Schenn - Zac Rinaldo
 
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Marc-Andre Bourdon - Matt Carle
Andreas Lilja - Andrej Meszaros
Quote of the Day

Obviously he's been my favorite goalie since I grew up. He's kind of close to my hometown so I've been watching him my whole life. It's a pretty special moment for me to score two goals on Lundqvist in such an important game as this.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky after scoring his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals against his childhood idol Henrik Lundqvist