Sergei Bobrovsky debuts for Flyers

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Sergei Bobrovsky is making a bid to get onto the Flyers roster this season. (Daylife.com)

Sergei Bobrovsky is making a bid to get onto the Flyers roster this season. (Daylife.com)

He was only supposed to play for 20 minutes, but it ended up being 25 minutes, which also extended into a shootout.

Sergei Bobrovsky made his NHL debut Tuesday night in the third period of the Philadelphia Flyers’ first preseason game of 2010-11 against the New Jersey Devils.

Michael Leighton started the game and went two periods, allowing three goals on 23 shots.  Head coach Peter Laviolette then placed Bobrovsky between the pipes to allow him to face some shots in the big league.

But the Russian goalie would have to wait almost nine minutes before he faced a single shot from the Devils. But once the action began to pick up in the Flyers end, Bobrovsky showed Flyers fans what all the hype surrounding the 22-year-old was about.

Bobrovsky made two standout saves in the third period. The first was a quick post-to-post slide to prevent Jamie Langenbrunner from scoring and the other one was a brilliant glove save on Jason Arnott to keep the Flyers alive in the game.

He kept the Devils from scoring, stopping all seven shots he faced in the third period and overtime.

Bobrovsky was tested one-on-one when he faced four Devils in the shootout. He prevailed in stopping 3-of-4 shooters to give the Flyers a 4-3 win. He looked poised and in confident in the shootout. The only goal allowed slipped through the 5-hole before he could close his pads together in time.

It is expected that Bobrovsky will play for the Adirondack Phantoms this season, but his play during the preseason could give him a chance at cracking the Flyers roster this season.

According to Tim McManus of the Glens Falls Post-Star, Bobrovsky will be one of the goalies against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night.

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