Flyers Notes: Flyers' Bobrovsky back on a hot streak

Posted: January 24, 2011

Flyers Notes

CHICAGO - Sergei Bobrovsky is back.

After a six-week stretch in which he won just four of 11 starts, the 22-year-old rookie goalie notched his fifth straight win Sunday as the Flyers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, at the United Center.

"He played very well - and not only the point-blank shots," defenseman Chris Pronger said. "He was getting back there pretty quick, and I think he's starting to pick up that part of the game and setting it up there for us defensemen. He's interacting with us. He's starting to feel more comfortable, and that's only going to improve his game."

Chicago's only goal came on a penalty shot by Marian Hossa with 13 minutes, 11 seconds left in the third period. The penalty shot was awarded when defenseman Braydon Coburn covered the puck with his glove in the crease.

It was Chicago's first penalty-shot goal at home since 1987, and it prevented the Flyers from notching their first shutout of the season.

"I was disappointed, but there was so much time left, and I just had to get it out of my head and keep playing," Bobrovsky said through a Russian translator.

Coburn said he had been trying to push the puck under Bobrovsky and didn't know if he had closed his hand on it. "At one point, somebody landed on my head, and I'm not sure what happened after that," he said.

Oddly, it was the second time this season - and the second time in franchise history - that the only goal scored against the Flyers was on a penalty shot. It also happened to "Bob" in a 6-1 win over the Islanders on Oct. 30.

In his last five starts, Bobrovsky has a 1.80 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. Overall, he has a 20-6-3 record.

On Sunday, he outplayed Corey Crawford, the outstanding Chicago rookie, who took a 2.08 GAA into the game.

JVR sits

Winger James van Riemsdyk, one of the Flyers' most productive forwards the last two months, was sidelined with an apparent groin injury.

He scored in Saturday's 3-1 loss to New Jersey, but was injured and he limped out of the locker room after the game. He was listed as day-to-day, and hoped to play Tuesday against Montreal.

Dan Carcillo, who had been a healthy scratch for the previous six games, replaced van Riemsdyk and skated with Mike Richards and Andreas Nodl. Carcillo got in most of the punches, but his face was bloodied in a fight with Jake Dowell.

Van Riemsdyk has scored 11 goals in his last 26 games - after going goalless in his first 17 games.

Nearing break

After hosting Montreal on Tuesday, the Flyers will scatter to different parts of North America for a five-day break. Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, and coach Peter Laviolette, however, will head to Raleigh, N.C., for the All-Star Game.

Richards said he had plans and would not be able to go to the game if added as a replacement player.

Breakaways

With his career-high four assists Sunday, Giroux took over the Flyers' scoring lead (46 points). . . . Matt Carle has scored every one of his 24 points in even-strength situations. He leads NHL defensemen in even-strength points. . . . On Tuesday, the Flyers will have their second chance at their 1,000th home win in franchise history. No expansion-era (since 1967-68) team has accomplished that feat. The Flyers' "home" win total includes three victories in Quebec, where they played briefly when a portion of the Spectrum roof blew off in the 1967-68 season.

- Sam Carchidi

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