With a two goal game from Jeff Carter and a deadly penalty kill, the Flyers defeated the young tenacious Avs, on a late third period goal, 4-2. They began and ended with intensity and their defense, with Chris Pronger back in the lineup after knee surgery.
It didn’t take long for the Flyers to begin what was an intense first period as they fired 15 shots towards Avs goaltender Craig Anderson. The Flyers scored twice in the period as Claude Giroux scored a shorthanded goal at 12:13, his second of the year, and Carter scored his first goal of the game at 17:23 — just four seconds after they killed another penalty.
The second period and beginning of the third saw a brief lull in the Flyers play that allowed the Avs to tie it up, but Carter scored late in the third, and Darroll Powe sealed the deal with an empty net goal during the final minutes.
Pronger looked pretty good in his first game back, blocking shots, but not engaging in much of the physical play. He played just over 20 minutes, which is drastically less than the 25:00-30:00 he’s averaged throughout his career. But regardless of his ice time, Pronger was productive, despite not being in game shape.
“I’m obviously not quite there yet but you have to get in a few to get that (timing) back,” Pronger said.
Sergei Bobrovsky, the 22-year-old Russian rookie, stopped 25 of 27 shots to get his second career Flyers win in two games.
“I wouldn’t say great, but everyone on the team helped out,” said the Flyers rookie netminder.
In the offseason, the Flyers acquired Nikolay Zherdev to make up for losing the goals scored by Simon Gagne, who was traded to Tampa Bay. After being tied for most goals in the preseason, Zherdev has yet to notch a point in three regular season games. He played just over 12 minutes in tonight’s game.
“Overall, I thought it was our best game. A little sleepy for maybe five or seven minutes in the middle of the second period,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette about his teams performance Monday night. “Other than that, I thought we were trying to press all night.”
The Flyers win their home opener, bringing their record to 2-0-1. They next face Gagne and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.