Instead, he was yanked from the game in the second period, leaving little doubt that surprising Russian prospect Bobrovsky will start the season in the NHL. Backlund allowed seven goals on 20 shots, including three goals against on his final three shots faced.
"My hip felt really good and didn't bother me at all, but obviously I was a little bit rusty," Backlund said. "It was a tough game. I know that I missed the beginning of the camp, so I was a little bit behind. I just need to try to forget this."
Backlund received little support from his teammates, especially in the second period.
"You learn that if you don't compete, you get kicked," coach Peter Laviolette said. "A lot of those goals were back-door goals. It was his first game in a long time."
Backlund wasn't aided by the Flyers lineup, which barely broke the eight veteran minimum required for all preseason games. Three players - Stefan Legein, Pat Maroon and Dan Jancevski - were recalled before the game from AHL Adirondack, which played not too far away in Syracuse.
Laviolette said he had already seen enough from his veterans in the first seven games to know what his lineup will be when the real season opens on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
"We started to play pond hockey," Holmgren said. "I felt bad for Johan. He didn't have a lot of support. I'll take blame for that, we didn't dress a very good lineup. We wanted to rest a lot of guys who are going to play big minutes for us. That's the price you pay."
Chris Pronger resumed skating yesterday for the first time since last Monday. Pronger remains a possibility for Thursday's opener . . . The Flyers finished the preseason 5-2-1 . . . Dan Carcillo scored his first goal of the preseason but was handed a 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct for chirping at the referee in the second period. That was his second ejection in six preseason games . . . Blair Betts left last night's preseason game during the second period as a precaution, Paul Holmgren said.