Friday, August 28, 2015

Foes starting to figure out 'Bob'

The Flyers blew a three-goal, third-period lead and dropped a 5-4 shoot-out to visiting San Jose on Wednesday night, but the most alarming development may have been this: Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the rookie sensation, is starting to show some flaws in his game. Teams have had some success when they shoot high on “Bob,” and the Sharks exposed that weakness several times. It looks like opponents are getting the word: If you are going to beat Bobrovsky, shoot upstairs. Bobrovsky, 22, was very passive in the shoot-out. He needs to come out of the net more and challenge the shooters. San Jose was 2 for 2 in the shoot-out and scored with ease. Something to keep an eye on: Bobrovsky, who is among the league leaders in several categories, has lost his last four starts against teams with a winning record. Meanwhile, impressive 21-year-old San Jose center Logan Couture notched his 13th goal _ tops among NHL rookies _ and the game-winner in the shoot-out. Couture is a leg up on “Bob” in the rookie-of-the-year race. Brian Boucher will get the start Thursday night in Toronto. “Bob” has started four straight and six of the last seven _ and looks like he could use a break. Bobrovsky is athletic and a very good student of the game. He and goalie coach Jeff Reese will make a few adjustments that can be carried into future games.

Foes starting to figure out 'Bob'

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Sergei Bobrovsky will not start tonight for the first time in four games. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)
Sergei Bobrovsky will not start tonight for the first time in four games. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

The Flyers blew a three-goal, third-period lead and dropped a 5-4 shoot-out to visiting San Jose on Wednesday night, but the most alarming development may have been this: Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the rookie sensation, is starting to show some flaws in his game.

Teams have had some success when they shoot high on “Bob,” and the Sharks exposed that weakness several times.

It looks like opponents are getting the word: If you are going to beat Bobrovsky, shoot upstairs.

Bobrovsky, 22, was very passive in the shoot-out. He needs to come out of the net more and challenge the shooters. San Jose was 2 for 2 in the shoot-out and scored with ease.

Something to keep an eye on: Bobrovsky, who is among the league leaders in several categories, has lost his last four starts against teams with a winning record.

Meanwhile, impressive 21-year-old San Jose center Logan Couture notched his 13th goal _ tops among NHL rookies _ and the game-winner in the shoot-out. Couture is a leg up on “Bob” in the rookie-of-the-year race.

Brian Boucher will get the start Thursday night in Toronto. “Bob” has started four straight and six of the last seven _ and looks like he could use a break.

Bobrovsky is athletic and a very good student of the game. He and goalie coach Jeff Reese will make a few adjustments that can be carried into future games.

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   Winger Dan Carcillo will remain a healthy scratch Thursday in Toronto.

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Breakaways. Chris Pronger blocked eight shots Wednesday….San Jose won 63 percent of the face-offs and scored two goals off draws…..The Flyers lead the NHL with 99 goals; Toronto has the third-lowest goal total (61).

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