For the first time in his NHL career, Sergei Bobrovsky will start consecutive games as Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced early Thursday morning the 22-year-old will get the nod against the Anaheim Ducks, who comes to Philadelphia with a 0-4 record on the road.
Bobrovsky has started three of the team's five games, including their 5-1 loss to the Penguins this past Saturday. The man of many nicknames, Bob is having quite an impressive start to his career in the Orange 'n' Black.
In three games, Bobrovsky has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.67 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
The question that remains unanswered is who's going to be the guy in the absence of Michael Leighton?
Tonight will be the first time this season that either Bobrovsky or Brian Boucher will start back-to-back games. Could it be a sign that Laviolette is leaning towards the rookie over the veteran? Maybe.
Boucher has played in two games, posting a 0-1-1 record, a 2.50 GAA and a .898 SV percent. His last start was against Tampa Bay in which the Flyers lost 3-2. Boosh was not very sharp against the Lightning, allowing in three questionable goals.
For Bobrovsky, tonight's just another opportunity for the Russian phenom to take a grip on the No. 1 job.
Like the late-great Herb Brooks said:
"Great moments are born from great opportunities."
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