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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Islanders 2

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Thursday, January 12, 2012

3 - 2
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 1 1 1 3
Islanders 0 0 2 2
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PHI:   S. Hartnell (PPG, 17:20 - 1st) , W. Simmonds (13:08 - 2nd) , S. Couturier (18:30 - 3rd)
NYI:   K. Okposo (00:22 - 3rd) , J. Tavares (19:44 - 3rd)

 NYI: E. Nabokov (L)

Michael Grabner was probably kicking himself after failing on a penalty shot awarded to him in the first period and was wishing he'd get another opportunity like that again.

Well he did.

And once again Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was up to the task.

Bob stopped Grabner with a kick save on his penalty shot 2:49 into the opening period and later on in the second period flashed some leather to deny Grabner once again, who was trying to flip a shot high on his backhand to tie the game up.

"He looked really sharp through the entire game," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "He's looked that way for his last 10 starts or so. The second period wasn't really good for us. We stopped shooting the puck and gave up too much."

The win wasn't the Flyers best performance, which made Bobrovsky's effort all that much better and his task that much harder.

"He was amazing. He won the game for us," said Max Talbot. "He was really solid; he made some big saves at the right moments."

Third period leads have been shaky in recent games for the Flyers, and after a quick strike early by the Islanders, momentum was up for grabs with a lot of hockey left to be played.

Bob stole back that momentum after he made several saves from bad bounces and deflections; an Islanders power-play with 12 minutes left in regulation and a tough save on Islanders leading scorer John Tavares just outside the left circle with 8:23.

The Flyers now travel to Nashville to take on the Predators having won four of their last five games, all four of which have been decided by one goal.
Sean Couturier scored his third goal in his third straight games AND has back-to-back game-winning goals for the Flyers.

Claude Giroux was 14 for 19 (74 percent) on faceoffs.
The Flyers had 22 shots tonight, which ties for second fewest this season and is the fewest shots they’ve had in a win this season.
The penalty shot save by Sergei Bobrovsky was the first of his career.  He had been 0-for-3 on penalty shots. 

- Bobrovsky has now been in the net for the last four Flyers penalty shots against.  It was the first saved penalty shot by any Flyers goaltender since Martin Biron stopped Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone on December 2, 2008 – opponents had scored on five consecutive penalty shots since then.  Prior to that five-shot streak for shooters, Flyers goaltenders had stopped 14 of 15 penalty shots from 1998 – 2008.
Harry Zolnierczyk led the Flyers in hits (4) despite having the least amount of ice time (9:10).

Sergei Bobrovsky
Credit tonight's first star performance to Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 33 of 35 shots tonight to give the Flyers a 3-2 win.

He was tested early when Islanders forward Michael Grabner was awarded a penalty shot, which he turned aside with a nice pad save.

Later he turned aside another breakaway by Grabner who seemed to have the goal went he tried to go top shelf on a deke, but Bobrovsky was up to the task and made a great glove save to keep it a one-goal game.

Bob would stop several other scoring chances from the Islanders to give the Flyers their second win in-a-row.

"I heard Hartsy yelling back 'throw it' so I just tried to throw it toward the net and it went off Nabakov and went in the net. The goal definitely surprised me. I didn't think it went in. I thought it got stuck against the post until I saw the ref pointing at the net."
- Wayne Simmonds

"That's what we're trying to stop in the NHL. Shots like that - head shots. I had no time to react and I felt like the point of contact was my head."
- Max Talbot

"He was confident with the puck and it seems like every game he's played solid. It's good to see, and it's good to have that confidence and we just have to keep rolling."
- Scott Hartnell

Tonight's turning point wasn't Michael Grabner's penalty shot being denied by Bobrovsky in the first period. It was his second one-on-one attempt on Bob that was turned aside in even more dramatic fashion in the second frame.

Sergei Bobrovsky made an unbelieveable glove save on the streaking Grabner to keep the Flyers ahead 1-0.

Although yielding two goals, Bob and the Flyers held their ground against the Islanders, who threw 35 shots in total to escape with a 3-2 win.

PIC OF THE NIGHT: Bobrovsky dives to cover the puck with Kyle Okposo on the doorstep.

Flyers 3, NY Islanders 2
Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders for the 26th time in 28 games, 3-2 on Thursday night.

Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers (26-12-4), who moved within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers. Kyle Okposo and John Tavares scored for the Islanders.


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