Monday, August 31, 2015

Lots of positives as Flyers survive

For the Flyers, there were lots of positives in their exciting 3-2 overtime win over visiting Washington on Tuesday. Consider: - Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky continued to re-assert himself, winning for the third straight time and raising his record to 18-6-3. Maybe he will make a rookie-of-the-year run yet? - After allowing the Caps two goals within a 50-second span to tie the score in the third period, the Flyers showed their resiliency. They regained the momentum, had the better scoring chances late in regulation and won it on Andrej Meszaros’ goal 1:07 into overtime. - James van Riemsdyk tied a career-best at plus-3, while Jeff Carter (two points), Matt Carle, Claude Giroux (two points) and Meszaros were plus-2. Meszaros leads the NHL at plus-29. Carter, who has 20 goals, scored a goal in his fourth straight game. - The Flyers won 61 percent of the face-offs, with Mike Richards winning 13 of 17 (76 percent). - The defensive pairings _ Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle and Matt Walker, and Meszaros and Sean O’Donnell _ continued their solid play. They helped the Flyers improve to 9-4 in their last 13 games, all without Chris Pronger, who will be examined by Steve Raikin on Thursday and might be ready to return on Thursday against visiting Ottawa. - The win gave the Flyers a 30-11-5 record _ the fourth-fastest to 30 wins in their history. They have 30 wins in 46 games. The fastest: 30 wins after 41 games in 1985-86, when they were 30-11. - The Flyers did not give Washington a power play; the Flyers had one.

Lots of positives as Flyers survive

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          For the Flyers, there were lots of positives in their exciting 3-2 overtime win over visiting Washington on Tuesday. Consider:

  • Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky continued to re-assert himself, winning for the third straight time and raising his record to 18-6-3. Maybe he will make a rookie-of-the-year run yet?
  • After allowing the Caps two goals within a 50-second span to tie the score in the third period, the Flyers showed their resiliency. They regained the momentum, had the better scoring chances late in regulation and won it on Andrej Meszaros’ goal 1:07 into overtime.
  • James van Riemsdyk tied a career-best at plus-3, while Jeff Carter (two points), Matt Carle, Claude Giroux (two points) and Meszaros were plus-2. Meszaros leads the NHL at plus-29. Carter, who has 20 goals, scored a goal in his fourth straight game.
  •  The Flyers won 61 percent of the face-offs, with Mike Richards winning 13 of 17 (76 percent).
  • The defensive pairings _ Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle and Matt Walker, and Meszaros and Sean O’Donnell _ continued their solid play. They helped the Flyers improve to 9-4 in their last 13 games, all without Chris Pronger, who will be examined by Steve Raikin on Thursday and might be ready to return on Thursday against visiting Ottawa.
  • The win gave the Flyers a 30-11-5 record _ the fourth-fastest to 30 wins in their history. They have 30 wins in 46 games. The fastest: 30 wins after 41 games in 1985-86, when they were 30-11.
  • The Flyers did not give Washington a power play; the Flyers had one.

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       Edmonton winger Ales Hemsky (9 goals) suffered a concussion Tuesday and may miss the All-Star Game. If so, will Danny Briere (24 goals) be added?

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