Philadelphia Flyers: Comeback Puts Veterans in the Spotlight

December 3rd, 2011 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
Here's what's wrong with the Philadelphia Flyers: a struggling franchise goalie,  a defense plagued by injuries and an offense heavily dependent on inexperienced players.

Friday night’s game against Anaheim was a microcosm of the Flyers’ season thus far, and if the end result is an indication of things to come, the Flyers will certainly take it.

The Ducks opened the scoring with a goal that net-minder Ilya Bryzgalov would like to have back, as his premature poke-check attempt on Anaheim’s Andrew Cogliano allowed Cogliano to poke the puck between Bryzgalov’s legs. 

While Bryzgalov has not been bad this season, the Flyers have found themselves losing leads and falling behind on shots that the City of Philadelphia expects the Russian net-minder to save.  His lack of flashiness has put more pressure on the defense to tighten up and force low-percentage shots that Bryzgalov can handle more easily.

Enter a third defensive pair with zero games NHL experience before this season.

Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall have found themselves on the everyday roster since Chris Pronger, Andreas Lil ...

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