Bobrovsky To Start Today In Goal

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 of 39 shots in the Flyers' 6-4 loss to the Jets. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)

 Coming off a strong relief effort in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime win against the host New York Islanders, Sergei Bobrovsky will earn the start for the Flyers in goal during this afternoon’s game against Montreal at the Wells Fargo Center.

Coming in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov, Bobrovsky stopped all 23 shots against the Islanders. He entered the game to begin the second period with the Flyers trailing, 3-1.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said this afternoon during his pre-game media session, that Bobrovsky’s performance factored into the decision to give him the start.

“He came in and did a really nice job,” Laviolette said. “There weren’t a lot of chances either way in the game but the ones that were available for both teams, they were some pretty decent chances and he gave us a chance to win the game.”

Laviolette said that Bobrovsky has shown perseverance while serving as the backup goalie.

“Bob has been patiently waiting,” Laviolette said. He has been the starter for us last year and he did a nice job his rookie year. He has been working hard and looking for opportunities and you need to reward people.”

Laviolette said he has not made a decision on his goalie for tomorrow’s game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.