Sergei Bobrovsky: Remember This Name.

Posted: October 13, 2010 in Flyers

On a night that was all about the Pittsburgh Penguins and their brand new arena, the Consol Energy Center, a 22 year-old goaltender making his NHL debut stole the show.

That goaltender’s name is Sergei Bobrovsky. Flyers fans remember that name. After spending the fist four years of his career with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Bobrovsky made his NHL Debut with the Flyers on Thursday, October 7th against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was immediately put into the middle of one of the NHL’s biggest rivalries, “The Battle of Pennsylvania.”

A relative unknown, Bobrovsky, or “Bob” as his coaches and teammates call him, made his presence felt immediately, stopping a Flurry of shots from one of the best teams in the league. Bob was able to hold the Penguins scoreless untill he was beaten twice in the third period. The Flyers managed to hang on for a 3-2 win, giving Bobrovsky his first win of the season.

After Brian Boucher started against the Blues (coach Peter Laviolette decided to give Boucher the start to see what both goalies had to offer), Bobrovsky was given the start in yet another big game for the Flyers: Their home opener against the Colorado Avalanche in which they raised their Eastern Conference Champions banner from the previous season.Once again Bobrovsky proved up to the task, stopping 25 of Colorado’s 27 shots.

So far, Bobrovsky has 2 wins in 2 starts. While it is great to see Bob play well, it is still early in the season. He has the potential to be the best European goaltenders the Flyers have had since Pelle Lindbergh. Hopefully Sergei Bobrovsky will be the answer to the Flyers goaltending issues for many years to come. Only time will tell, as nothing is guaranteed right now, but it will sure be fun to watch what he does next.

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