The Flyers kept the preseason momentum moving on Wednesday, as they easily dispatched the limited New York Islanders, 3-1, at the Wells Fargo Center to earn their first regulation exhibition victory.
The win improves Philadelphia’s preseason record to 4-1-2.
Jeff Carter scored twice in the first period and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky dazzled, playing all three periods and making 32 saves on 33 shots. Forwards Ville Leino and Blair Betts both saw their first action of the preseason since recovering from offseason surgery.
The Flyers continue the road to the regular season on Friday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres at 7 PM. The game can be seen on CSN.
Injuries have suddenly struck the Flyers hard.
On Tuesday morning, it was announced that goaltender Michael Leighton will miss a month with a bulging disc in his back and forward Ian Laperriere will be out indefinitely with post-concussion syndrome.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Flyers started the preseason off right with a 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils, Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Darroll Powe, Jeff Carter and Danny Briere each had a goal and rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky took home the win with three shootout saves and seven in regulation. Goaltender Michael Leighton started the game strong, but slowed down in the second period. He finished with 20 saves on 23 shots. Claude Giroux and Mike Richards scored in the shootout.
It feels like just yesterday that Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was tossing his gloves in the air and streaking down the Wachovia Center ice, after scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
But as the Flyers take on the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 P.M at the freshly named Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia begins anew.
Veteran winger Bill Guerin is proof that if you hang around long enough you might just get a shot.
Nearly two weeks after the 39-year-old began on-ice work outs with other Philly veterans at the Virtua Flyers Skatezone in Voorhees, N.J., the Flyers have formally invited Guerin to tryout at their training camp beginning on Sept. 17.
According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, the NHL has issued an ultimatum of sorts to the NHLPA, demanding compliance with a new set of rules concerning high-end, salary cap circumventing contracts or else face the editing of current rule-bending contracts.
Either way, it looks like Chris Pronger’s deal with the Flyers is safe.
After specifically calling out the contracts of Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and possibly Mark Savard, it was mentioned that Pronger’s deal will be passed on by the league.
With a number of veteran forwards still dangling precariously in unrestricted free agency, it was guaranteed that many would be invited to try out at training camps around the league.
However, few would have guessed that Bill Guerin would be among them — and that he would seek the Flyers, of all teams, for an audition.