Goaltenders prepare a little differently on game-day, especially when they know if they are starting. But no matter who gets the call, the back up needs to prepare the same way.
Thankfully for the Flyers, Sergei Bobrovsky did just that because of exactly what happened in tonight’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Islanders on Long Island.
‘Bob’ was called upon to start the second period after Peter Laviolette decided to shake things up to get his team going after falling behind 3-1 after the first period.
It certainly worked.
Bobrovsky turned aside all 23 shots he faced through the game’s final two periods and overtime, which included several high quality scoring chances.
With four minutes remaining in the second period Islanders forward Matt Moulson had a mini-break on Bobrovsky, who got a glove on his shot that went high over the cross bar.
Not 30 seconds later, Islanders leading point and goal scorer John Tavares was stopped on a breakaway.
The Flyers entered the third period one goal down and several stops throughout the third period by Bobrovsky gave the Flyers a chance.
That’s all Danny Briere needed as he provided the game-tying goal and game-winning goal.
In overtime, Bobrovsky was tested early with an Islanders power play.
Led by the Flyers penalty killing unit Bob made three saves, one of which came in the form of bouncing puck, before Briere ended it and the Islanders hopes of snapping out of their winless skid.
- Tonight’s game marks the quickest 1-1 score in team history. The previous quickest occasion was 03/15/1980, PHI at ATL – Atlanta Flames scored 31 seconds in, Flyers matched them 58 seconds in. It is the only other Flyers game where both teams have scored in the first minute.
- The last NHL game in which both teams scored within 37 seconds of the start of a game was Dec. 13, 1993, Washington at Quebec, when each team scored a goal within the first 35 seconds. Quebec scored 26 seconds in, and Caps tied the game at 35 seconds gone by in the first.
- The Flyers won for the first time this season when going beyond regulation; they had lost three previous times, two of which were in overtime and one was in a shootout. They also won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods.
- The Flyers were down by two goals after the first period for the third consecutive game. They have been outscored 8-2 in the first period of the last three games after outscoring opponents 27-14 in opening periods of the first 18 games of the season.
- In addition to their 33 shots on goal, the Flyers had another 40 that didn’t reach the net – 25 that were blocked and 15 that missed.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is now 6-0-0 with a 1.83 GAA against the Islanders in his career.
- Rick DiPietro’s last win against the Flyers was a 4-3 decision on Long Island on Feb. 12, 2008.
Not only did Danny Briere score tonight's game-winning goal in overtime, he scored the game-tying goal with 5:42 left in the third period.
The goals were his sixth and seventh of the season and first in five games for the Flyers.
Following the team's 4-on-3 penalty kill, Briere took the puck through center ice, crossed near the hash-marks and fired a puck past Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro low to his glove-hand side.
"That was a great penalty kill to start it off. I was just trying to put it on net, somehow I knew our defense was going wide, Hartnell was going hard to the net too and it found it’s way in” - Danny Briere
“A couple guys got sore in the game so you need to be able to adjust; you saw Couturier centering lines too, so it’s nice to have guys play a couple positions.” - Max Talbot
“I’m really happy with the way we fought back… I think when you look back at it, the resiliency just kept coming and we got some really good performances out of guys in the second and third period.” - Peter Laviolette
The turning point in the Flyers' 4-3 come-from-behind victory against the Islanders in New York came with 3:30 left to play in the 2nd period.
With the Flyers trailing by one goal and having just scored to get back into the contest, Sergei Bobrovsky, who came in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov at the start of the period, made a stop on former no. 1 overall pick and Islanders' leading scorer John Tavares, in all alone.
Bobrovsky's stop kept it a one-goal game heading into the third period and allowed for Briere's heroics later on in the game.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Danny Briere scores the game-tying goal late in the 3rd period.
Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (OT) Associated Press
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game with 2:26 remaining in overtime, giving the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
Andrej Meszaros and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, which snapped a two-game skid and handed the islanders their eighth loss in ten games.