Tapping the Pipes 11/1/11

Oh what a tangled web Flyers goaltenders weave. In the three games the team has played over the last week we’ve seen a clunker by one guy, a clunker by both guys, and an impressive performance which hopefully will garner an increase in confidence in the #1 guy. Clunker number one occurred on last Wednesday when Ilya Bryzgalov took the ice against a Montreal Canadiens team which had yet to win a game at home on the year and had just suffered an upheaval behind the bench with the firing of longtime assistant coach Perry Pearn. Things began rather smoothly for …

Tapping the Pipes 10/26/11

Oh what a difference two days make! If you watched the games the Flyers played this past weekend against St. Louis and Toronto, you might be inclined to think that you were watching two different sets of players wearing orange and black sweaters. The increase in the quality of team play between these two games, separated by a measly two days, was astounding to me. The team play both greatly affected and was affected by the quality of goaltending provided by Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky. On Saturday night, the Flyers squared off against the St. Louis Blues, a team …

Tapping the Pipes 10/21/2011

Well, after less than two weeks we finally have our answer. Ilya Bryzgalov is not going to play all 82 regular season games for our Philadelphia Flyers. On Tuesday, second-year sensation Sergei Bobrovsky got the call between the pipes against a bottom-feeding Ottawa Senators team. The Flyers carried the play for much of the game and Bobrovsky did not face many serious tests. Philadelphia dominated the opening period, outshooting the Senators 10-3 and taking a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. The second period, however, was a different story. The Senators took it to a Flyers team which seemed almost …

Tapping the Pipes 10/11/11

It has only been two games, but new Flyers starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has lived up to the hype thus far. The Flyers began the season with a trip to Boston to do battle with the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins at TD Garden. In the franchise’s second consecutive positive goalie debut (rookie Sergei Bobrovsky stormed onto the scene last season with a 25-save victory in Pittsburgh), Bryzgalov stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in a 2-1 Flyers victory. Following an opening flurry during which the Bruins carried the play, taking it to the Flyers in every zone, Philadelphia …

Tapping the Pipes: Preseason Edition!

After a tumultuous offseason which saw the team’s two cornerstones traded…yada yada yada… You’ve all memorized the script. The Flyers’ roster makeover has been big news in the hockey world and the questions abound. Can the new additions make up for the offensive production of the old #17 and #18? How long will it take to build chemistry? Can the defense, led by two aging stars, hold up over a full 82-game schedule, plus playoffs? Valid questions all, which should make this upcoming 2011-12 season very interesting (cue languid beard stroke). Now that’s the questionable part, but here’s the definite …

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