Flyers Country: It’s hockey season!

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Ian Laperriere is still suffering from the concussion he sustained during the first round of the playoffs. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ian Laperriere is still suffering from the concussion he sustained during the first round of the playoffs. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon that both Ian Laperriere and Michael Leighton would both be placed on long-term injury reserve. Doctors are unable to determine if Laperriere’s symptoms are caused by the eye injury or damage to the brain. It is possible that this may cost Laperriere the season. There is even talk that he has been advised to retire.

On Friday, it was revealed that Leighton’s bulging disk had become herniated and would require him to undergo surgery. He is now expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The decision on Leighton and Laperriere came on the day that the Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms both had to set their rosters (the biggest changes with the Flyers are Bill Guerin being released from his tryout, Sergei Bobrovsky winning the backup role over Johan Backlund and Andreas Nodl made the team):

FLYERS
Forwards:
Blair Betts, Danny Briere, Dan Carcillo, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Ian Laperriere, Ville Leino, Andreas Nodl, Darroll Powe, Mike Richards, James van Riemsdyk, Jody Shelley, Nikolay Zherdev
Defensemen: Oskars Bartulis, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell, Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Walker
Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher, Michael Leighton

PHANTOMS
Forwards: Matt Clackson, Ben Holmstrom, Jon Kalinski, Garrett Klotz, David Laliberte, Stefan Legein, Patrick Maroon, Greg Moore, Luke Pither, Zac Rinaldo, Andrew Rowe, Mike Testwuide, Eric Wellwood
Defensemen: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Dan Jancevski, Joonas Lehtivouri, Kevin Marshall, Logan Stephenson, JP Testwuide
Goaltenders: Johan Backlund, Brian Stewart

PUCK ROUNDUP

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:
Backlund finally saw some ice time Sunday night in the final game of the preseason against the Buffalo Sabres. But after allowing seven goals on 20 shots, Peter Laviolette pulled Backlund and put Bobrovsky in. Bobrovsky helped stop the bleeding slightly, allowing two goals in 15 shots. The Flyers went on to lose the game, 9-3. Goals scored by Dan Carcillo, Matt Walker and Mike Testwuide.

Lines:
Nodl-Powe-Guerin
Carcillo-Holmstrom-Testwuide
Kalinski-Maroon-Laliberte
Shelley-Betts-Legein

Bartulis-Meszaros
Walker-Gustafsson
Jancevski-Bourdon

Backlund
Bobrovsky

After the long, agonizing wait in Philadelphia (even though it was the shortest summer since 1997), the Flyers opener the 2010-11 regular season in the new Consol Energy Center against the divisional rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Laviolette shocked the hockey community with the announcement a few hours before the game that rookie goaltender Bobrovsky would get the start over Brian Boucher. Aside from the preseason games, Bobrovsky had never before played a game outside of Russia. It was also announced that Chris Pronger would not be in the lineup, still rehabbing his knee. The loss of Pronger was felt on defense as the Penguins pelted Bobrovsky in the first period, but he stood tall, stopping all 15 shots. The Flyers opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal from Danny Briere and an even-strength tally from Blair Betts to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room. In the third, the Penguins answered back with a goal from Tyler Kennedy. Claude Giroux gave the Flyers their cushion back with a shorthanded goal, but it was short lived when Alex Goligoski scored 19 seconds later. Bobrovsky was able to hold on and stopped 29 shots and secured a 3-2 win. Bobrovsky became the youngest goalie to win a season-opener in Flyers history.

Scoring:
02:51 of the 2nd: PHI Danny Briere, PPG (1) – Assists: Mike Richards (1) & Ville Leino (1)
17:15 of the 2nd: PHI Blair Betts (1) – Assists: Darroll Powe (1) & James van Riemsdyk (1)
00:44 of the 3rd: PIT Tyler Kennedy (1) – Assists: Paul Martin (1) & Kris Letang (1)
04:55 of the 3rd: PHI Claude Giroux, SHG (1) – Assists: None
05:14 of the 3rd: PIT Alex Goligoski, PPG (1) – Assists: Zbynek
Michalek (1) & Chris Kunitz (1)

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (1-0-0): 29 saves on 31 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) PIT Marc-Andre Fleury (0-1-0): 24 saves on 27 shots – 58:47 TOI

Because this is the first regular season game, I will post the lines Laviolette used. There is no confirmation these will stay the same. If it does change, I will post it. **NOTE: The defense will be different once Pronger returns**
Carcillo-Richards-Carter
Hartnell-Briere-Leino
Van Riemsdyk-Giroux-Zherdev
Shelley-Betts-Powe

Carle-Meszaros
Timonen-Coburn
O’Donnell-Bartulis

Bobrovsky
Boucher

In a game where the Flyers had to kill nine penalties, there were able to score late and send the game into overtime against the St. Louis Blues. Briere scored the lone goal for the Flyers in the third period and Boucher helped to keep the Flyers alive, but they ultimately fell to the Blues, 2-1. The Flyers return home, taking 3-of-4 points on the road.

Scoring:
15:48 of the 1st: STL Brad Boyes, PPG (1) – Assists: Erik Johnson (1) & Alexander Steen (1)
02:15 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (2) – Assists: Matt Carle (1) & Ville Leino (2)
01:47 of OT: STL Carlo Colaiacovo (1) – Assists: Alexander Steen (2)

Goaltending:
(L) PHI Brian Boucher (0-0-1): 23 saves on 25 shots – 61:47 TOI
(W) STL Jaroslav Halak (1-0-0): 29 saves on 30 shots – 61:06 TOI

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS:
The Phantoms concluded their preseason against the Syracuse Crunch in a 5-4 loss. Brian Stewart got the start in net, but was replaced in the second period with Nic Riopel. Guilio Scandella, Tye McGinn, Cullen Eddy and Luke Pither all scored for the Phantoms.

The Phantoms opened their regular season on the road against the Binghamton Senators. Binghamton took advantage of the game by going 3-for-8 on the power play. Goaltender Backlund faced 49 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Senators. Patrick Maroon was the lone scorer for the Phantoms.

Scoring:
15:52 of the 1st: BNG Cody Bass, PPG (1) – Assists: Andre Benoit & Geoff Kinrade
17:25 of the 1st: BNG Kaspars Daugavins, PPG (1) – Assists: Andre Benoit & Geoff Kinrade
08:59 of the 2nd: BNG Jim O’Brien (1) – Assists: Erik Condra & Andre Benoit
03:59 of the 3rd: BNG Bobby Butler, PPG (1) – Assists: Ryan Keller & Corey Locke
06:29 of the 3rd: ADK Patrick Maroon, PPG (1) – Assists: Dan Jancevski & Mike Testwuide
17:34 of the 3rd: BNG Patrick Wiercioch (1) – Assists: Erik Condra & Kaspars Daugavins

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Johan Backlund (0-1-0-0): 44 saves on 49 shots – 60:00 TOI
(W) BNG Mike Brodeur (1-0-0-0): 27 saves on 28 shots – 54:56 TOI
BNG Barry Brust (0-0-0-0): 3 saves on 3 shots – 04:53 TOI

The Phantoms turned the loss around the previous night and came out to beat the Albany Devils, 5-3, Saturday night.

Scoring:
10:19 of the 1st: ALB David McIntyre (1) – Assists: Stephen Gionta & Tim Sestito
02:15 of the 2nd: ADK Stefan Legein, PPG (1) – Assists: Joonas Lehtivouri & Jon Kalinski
03:02 of the 2nd: ADK Jon Kalinski (1) – Assists: David Laliberte & Erik Gustafsson
16:38 of the 2nd: ALB Stephen Gionta (1) – Assists: Olivier Magnan

07:09 of the 3rd: ADK Patrick Maroon (2) – Assists: Mike Testwuide & Marc-Andre Bourdon
07:44 of the 3rd: ALB David McIntrye (2) – Assists: Tim Sestito & Alexander Vasyunov
11:52 of the 3rd: ADK Ben Holmstrom (1) – Assists: David Laliberte
18:31 of the 3rd: ADK Zac Rinaldo (1) – Assists: Stefan Legein & Greg Moore

Goaltending:

(W) ADK Johan Backlund (1-1-0-0): 26 saves on 29 shots – 59:58 TOI
(L) ALB Jeff Frazee (0-1-0-0): 26 saves on 31 shots – 58:23 TOI

GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS:
The Road Warriors opened their preseason against the Florida Everblades Friday night. After opening the scoring, they could not hold on and a three-goal third for the Everblades gave them the 6-5 win. Goals for the Road Warriors were scored by Peter MacDougall, Steve Ward, Matt Schepke (2) and Sean Berkstresser. Dov Grumet-Morris was in net for the Road Warriors.

The Road Warriors closed out their preseason the following night against the Everblades. Greenville fell to Florida, 4-2. Goals scored by David Strathman and Andrew Carroll. Nic Riopel started in net.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The Flyers are home all week and start with their home opener Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche before taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning and the return of Simon Gagne Thursday and face the divisional rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

The Phantoms take on the rival Wilkes-Barry/Scranton Penguins Tuesday night before returning home for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday against the Syracuse Crunch and Albany Devils.

The Road Warriors start their regular season at home Tuesday night against the South Carolina Stingrays.

STANDINGS

Philadelphia Flyers (Preseason)
5-2-1

Philadelphia Flyers (Regular Season)
1-0-1 — 3 pts (1st in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms (Preseason)
0-2-1-0

Adirondack Phantoms (Regular Season)
1-1-0-0 — 2 pts (4th in East Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors (Preseason)
0-2-0-0

If there are any questions you would like answered or other aspects you would like to see covered in the weekly column, please e-mail Candice at cmonhollan@cwgap.com.

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