Flyers Notes: Flyers will send Penguins killer Bobrovsky to the net against Pittsburgh on Sunday

falls to the ice after a puck hit him in the face and caromed into the goal in the second period for the Flyers' first score. ALEX BRANDON / Associated Press
falls to the ice after a puck hit him in the face and caromed into the goal in the second period for the Flyers' first score. ALEX BRANDON / Associated Press (Wayne Simmonds)
Posted: April 01, 2012

When he plays in Pittsburgh, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a certified Penguins killer.

The Flyers hope that trend continues Sunday afternoon. They face the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center in what is likely a first-round playoff preview.

With Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa, the Flyers inched to within three points of the fourth-seeded Penguins in the East. Both teams have four games left in the regular season.

"We still control our own destiny," winger Wayne Simmonds said. "We've got two games against Pittsburgh coming up here and I think if we take care of our end of the bargain, we've got home-ice advantage."

Bobrovsky, who is 4-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average in games played at Consol, downplayed Sunday's showdown.

"Every game counts," he said through a Russian interpreter. "I don't consider some games more important than others. Every game needs to be won, no matter what the standings show."

Overall, Bobrovsky is 4-2-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average in his career against the Penguins, including 1-1 with a 3.61 GAA this season.

"We like playing there," center Claude Giroux said. "We have a good record. The fans over there are pretty intense and I think guys like it when the fans are all over us. It's obviously going to be a big game. . . . It's going to be important for us to get those points and get closer for home-ice advantage."

The fourth seed will get home ice in the first round.

The Flyers are 3-1 against the Pens this season, and 2-0 in Pittsburgh.

Simmonds' scare

For the first time in his life, Wayne Simmonds scored a goal when a shot deflected off his face and into the net.

"I saw it coming," he said of Brayden Schenn's shot, "but there was not much I could do."

Simmonds wore a visor when he return to the game. He said he needed six or seven stitches above his right eye and the bridge of his nose. He said he was feeling fine afterward.

"He's obviously a warrior and we were kind of scared a little bit there," Giroux said. "We were hoping it wasn't his eye, but he's obviously a tough guy and he finds a way to get it in the net, even with his face."

Simmonds has 26 goals.

"He goes to the net and goes into the dirty areas," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I told him, 'It's a hard way to 30.' "

Breakaways

The Flyers went 11-3-2 in March. It was their best March record since 1984-85, when they were 13-3 in the month. . . . The Flyers were officially eliminated from finishing first in the East. . . . Simmonds has four goals in his last three games. . . . Nick Grossmann had five hits and four blocked shots. . . . Jaromir Jagr had eight shots on goal, but did not score for the 12th straight game. . . . Giroux is pointless in three consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 7-10. . . . Danny Briere, who had two assists Saturday, has two goals and seven assists in his last four games. . . . Bobovsky is 2-6 in career shootouts.

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