So we know the Flyers have begun to turn around their game this month, and most of this has been with the help of number 1 goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov has been playing a lot better, as I’ve stated in my previous posts as of late, that even the league has noticed this. Every week the NHL puts out an article about the three stars of the past week and for this week Bryzgalov got the first star. So clearly the league is even recognizing the change in the Flyers’ goaltender. He even just had a shutout win tonight against the New Jersey Devils, in which he had to make a save with a skater’s stick after his stick went flying into the face off circle. So while Bryzgalov is having a good week, where does that leave rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky?
Last season, Bob was pretty much The Flyers starting goaltender, but this season he’s been left on the bench a lot and it may be his undoing. Bob has not played a lot, so when he was put in the net on Sunday, we saw a different outcome to the more recent games. So what is wrong with Bob this season? Was Boucher so awful that we preferred Bob over him? Or were we just holding out hope to mold a rookie goaltender in Philadelphia? I don’t want to blame Bob entirely for Sunday night’s game because the defense is there for a reason, and you can’t win hockey games without scoring goals either. The fact of the matter is that, Bob is not playing up to his standards.
Luckily for the Flyers, Bryzgalov has been stepping up to plate lately, but they do need to think about what to do with Bob. Playoffs is just around the corner, so the team definitely needs two goaltenders that can defend the net well. I just keep remembering when Leighton had to take over for Boosh during the playoffs that the team went all the way to the Cup round.
Obviously being out of the net isn’t helping Bob, but the Flyers want to win games so this is why they are putting in Bryzgalov. It’s definitely helping, but not for Bob. It seems like the Flyers can never have two really good goaltenders at the same time. Although, I’m sure this is a problem that most teams go through, Bob just needs to get in together just in case.