Bob did a little song & dance following one of the biggest saves of his season. And he had good reason to.
The save ended a long winless skid in shootouts for the Flyers (six straight), helped solidify a slim lead on the Penguins and Senators in the Eastern Conference standings, and most importantly sent the team into the All-Star break on a winning note.
This year's team is different. There's a sense of confidence that is coming from all around the room, veterans and rookies alike.
"It's been great. There's a lot of excitement in this dressing room with the young guys. Our veteran guys are stepping up and leading and that's a good combination," added Scott Hartnell, who will be making his first appearance in an All-Star Game this weekend.
In his last five starts in net for the Flyers, Bobrovsky has had four of them decided by one goal. One doesn't normally think of Bobrovsky as one of the "young" guys on the team, but the 23-year-old is in just his second season in the NHL.
"I think the organization has done a good job in putting young players in our organization, good players," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "I've said from the start, with that comes an opportunity and the opportunity is theirs to make something of it."
Those same opportunities will come at an even more furious pace once the All-Star festivities pass by this weekend. The Flyers will face a schedule that sees them average a game every other day, 34 in 68 days to be exact.
For now however, the Flyers have the next five days completely off.
The Flyers won their first shootout of the season in their fourth occasion. It snaps a six-game losing streak in shootouts. The Flyers’ last win in a shootout came on March 19, 2011 in Dallas, a win that took 12 rounds.
The Flyers have now gotten a goal from a rookie in 11 of their last 13 games, including eight of their last nine.
The Flyers recorded 38 hits tonight, one game after recording 39 against Boston. The two totals are their second and third highest of the season.
Claude Giroux was 12-for-26 on faceoffs, snapping an eight-game streak of going 50 percent or better in the circle.
Giroux played over 27 minutes for the second consecutive game and the fourth time this season.
With 37 shots tonight, the Flyers have now had 35 or more shots in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Flyers committed just four giveaways tonight. They have now committed fewer than 10 giveaways in six consecutive games. They’ve gone over 10 giveaways just three times in their last 21 games dating back to December 10.
Sergei Bobrovsky gets tonight's first star for stopping 23 of 25 shots en route to the Flyers' 3-2 win in a shootout in South Florida against the Panthers.
Not only did he deny all nine shots he faced in the third period and both shots in overtime from the Panthers, he stopped all three players in the shootout, including the final save of the night, to grab the full two points heading into the All-Star break.
"It was a pass from Mez, walked off the wall and I just put it on net. The puck popped up in the air and the goalie didn't know where it was. Reader crashed the net and luckily it went in. It's always nice to score in front of your dad. Hopefully we can keep it going." - Brayden Schenn
"All year long the young players have given the coaching staff and the organization nothing but confidence to put back on the ice to continue to develop and grow." -Peter Laviolette
Tonight's turning point came on the game's very last shot.
Panthers forward Mike Santorelli needed to score and extend the shootout, but was denied by Sergei Bobrovsky to end the game.
With the game very much in doubt for either team, Claude Giroux recorded the only goal for the Flyers paving the way for Bobrovsky to seal it.
Santorelli went in, deked to go low on Bobrovsky's glove side, but Bob stuck with it and didn't allow for the shootout to continue.
PIC OF THE DAY: Claude Giroux scores the game-winner in the shootout.
Flyers 3, Panthers 2 (SO) Associated Press
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Claude Giroux scored the only goal in a shootout and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Giroux beat Scott Clemmensen on the stick side to give the Flyers their first shootout victory in four tries this season.