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The Story of Bob, Bryz and Defense

It’s an issue divided.

When it comes to the Philadelphia Flyers defense, Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky, opinions vary across the gambit.

Following the Flyers most recent loss to the Nashville Predators, the debate has seemed more like a “Choose your own Adventure” book more so than a discussion.

Bryz struggles again in 4-2 Loss to Preds

The next few days are going to be full of debate.

Following the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, more fuel was added to the goaltender fire as Ilya Bryzgalov returned as the starting goalie.

Following two strong efforts by Sergei Bobrovsky, Bryzgalov was given an opportunity to display his talents.

Instead, more questions arose about his weaknesses.

No Controversy; Bob is the Starter

Despite playing the first two periods of Thursday night’s 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders like a virtuoso, Bobrovsky lost his shutout only 22 seconds into the final period.

After stopping 22 consecutive shots that had him sprawling across the crease for two periods, it merely took a tap from Kyle Okoposo to end his perfect night. Then to pile it on, the Islanders snuck a second goal by him with only 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

Not that it mattered at that point, but it distorts what otherwise was a phenomenal night from the 23-year old goaltender.

That’s the most important point to take away from Thursday night. It doesn’t matter that Bobrovsky wasn’t flawless, what matters is that he looked exceptionally good.

It’s something he has been doing a lot of lately.

Flyers Deny Nabokov of 300th Win; Defeat Isles 3-2

Ok, I'm convinced. It's a curse. The Islanders simply cannot beat the Philadelphia Flyers! If losing 23 of the last 24 games against the Flyers is not saying some sort of voodoo is going on, I don't know what will. Well...not exactly voodoo, but you catch my drift...right?

The Islanders started Evgeni Nabokov against the Flyers tonight. Nabokov was looking for career win number 300 but Nabokov hasn't had a rest in a while, so I definitely thought that Poulin would get the start.

Bobrovsky Stays Hot For Second Game In A Row; Flyers Defeat Islanders 3-2

Sergei Bobrovsky came up big for the second night in a row as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Bobrovsky improves to a 7-0-0 career record against the Islanders with this victory.

Bob Expected to Lead Flyers into Long Island

The philosophy is simple enough to understand.

It’s a standard that Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette holds all of his players to; the security of your play, not your contract, will determine how much playing time you will receive.

While Ilya Bryzgalov has more than enough security in his lucrative nine-year contract, he will (in all likelihood) be viewing tonight’s game against the New York Islanders from the bench rather than the goal crease.

Bobrovsky Shelters Goaltender Storm

After Ilya Bryzgalov failed to earn back the confidence of his coach, it was Bobrovsky who got the call Tuesday night in the team’s final game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It turned out to be the right decision.

Powered By The Youngsters, Flyers Defeat Hurricanes 2-1

The Flyers were able to present coach Peter Laviolette his 100th victory with the team on Tuesday night, powered by the stellar play of their rookies and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

The team held off the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 win, effectively winning the season series three games to one.

Bobrovsky continued his strong play and came up huge in this one, making 33 saves on 34 shots and bailing his team out of some dangerous situations when there were defensive breakdowns around the net.

Bobrovsky flourished late in the third period, when the Hurricanes had numerous chances to tie it up thanks to a struggling Flyers’ defense.

Flyers Look For Better Finish In Carolina

The Philadelphia Flyers (24-12-4) have struggled since the start of the New Year. They have surrendered leads in all four of their games in the month of January and are 1-2-1 during that span.

Tonight they will look to turn things around against the Carolina Hurricanes (14-22-7), a team who they have dominated in the past. The Flyers have won two of the three meetings this season and are 35-13-7 overall and 17-3-3 since the 2006 season (9-1-1 in Carolina).

In order to keep this trend going the Flyers will need a bit more production from their top line as they did not manage a point in the weekend series against Ottawa.

Where there is smoke, there is Bryzgalov

Ilya Bryzgalov’s time in Philadelphia has been contentious to say the least.

Coming into town on the back of one of the most dramatic shakeups in team history (in addition to one of the largest contracts in league history), the 31-year old goaltender had a giant “X” on his back long before he ever wore an orange sweater.

For a franchise that has had inconsistency at the position since the late 1970s, Bryzgalov is expected to add stability to a role that has been lacking.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case thus far.

Matt Brigidi explains why there is no reason to worry about Bryzgalov