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Flyers Forget to Show up in 4-1 Loss to Isles

Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky boasted a career record of 7-0-0 against New York’s other team.

For anyone who didn’t have a chance to watch the game, the 4-1 final score insinuates that Bobrovsky’s play was less than stellar.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, it was Bobrovsky’s play that kept the game as ‘close’ as it was.

Flyers Look To Continue Their Dominance Over The Isles

The Philadelphia Flyers (27-13-4) have lost one game at home since the turn of the new year (Winter Classic) and have won their last three home games including Tuesday's blowout of the Minnesota Wild.

Tonight they will attempt to extend their home win streak to four when face the New York Islanders (17-21-6) for the third time this season and the second in just over a week.

The Islanders are coming off a 3-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals, who managed just 17 shots.

Evgeni Nabokov earned his 51st career shutout and first as a New York Islander.

A Matter of Defense

While the Philadelphia Flyers have a successful record halfway through the season, there are still things that need to be improved upon down the stretch -- namely, defense.

The Flyers are 26-13-4 heading into their 43rd game of the season. They have the offensive depth it takes to make them Stanley Cup contenders, but a team needs to be balanced throughout the entire roster to go all the way.

The struggles of Ilya Bryzgalov in net for the Flyers has been highly publicized.

He is not playing at the level expected of him.

However, the 128 goals allowed by the Flyers so far this season have not all been Bryzgalov’s responsibility. The defense has struggled, and struggled mightily in some cases.

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.