Flyers Country: Home openers abound

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Anton Kharin becomes the newest player on Greenville. (ECHL)

Anton Kharin becomes the newest player on Greenville. (ECHL)

First off, I want to apologize for the weekly column coming a day late. Pretending to live in 1864 usually tends to deprive you of electricity and technology, so I had no way of keeping myself updated on the games and getting anything done over the weekend. But enough of my Civil War craziness. It’s time to talk some hockey.

The only big news of the week was that the Greenville Road Warriors traded future considerations with the Kalamazoo Wings in exchange for right-winger Anton Kharin Friday afternoon.

PUCK ROUNDUP
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:
Flyers fans got to see their team in person Monday night as they faced the Colorado Avalanche for their home opener. It was a special occasion as the team raised their 2010 Eastern Conference Champions banner. The team did not disappoint the home crowd as the defeated the Avalanche, 4-2. Chris Pronger returned to the lineup and Sergei Bobrovsky made his second start of the season. With his two starts, Bobrovsky has recorded two wins, a 2.00 goals-against average and .931 save-percentage. Claude Giroux scored his second career shorthanded goal and his second of the season. Jeff Carter got his first and second goal of the season. The Flyers have gone a total of 1-for-13 on the power play over the course of the first three games of the season, but the penalty kill is running at 88.2 percent, stopping 15-of-17 opportunities, including two shorthanded goals.

Scoring:
12:13 of the 1st: PHI Claude Giroux, SHG (2) – Assists: Mike Richards (2)
17:33 of the 1st: PHI Jeff Carter (1) – Assists: None
09:03 of the 2nd: COL Brandon Yip (1) – Assists: John-Michael Liles (3)
00:32 of the 3rd: COL Milan Hejduk (1) – Assists: Matt Duchene (2) & John-Michael Liles (4)

17:22 of the 3rd: PHI Jeff Carter (2) – Assists: Mike Richards (3) & James van Riemsdyk (2)
18:49 of the 3rd: PHI Darroll Powe, EN (1) – Assists: Blair Betts (1)

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0-0): 25 saves on 27 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) COL Craig Anderson (1-1-0): 34 saves on 37 shots – 58:23 TOI

I mentioned last week that when Pronger returned, the defensive pairings would change. So here are the new pairings that I imagine will remain relatively the same.
Pronger-Carle
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-O’Donnell

The return of Simon Gagne Thursday night marked the Flyers first regulation loss of the season. Peter Laviolette continued alternating the goaltenders, giving Brian Boucher his first start at home. Gagne received a warm welcome from Flyers fans for his 11 years of service, which, he admitted, made him have to hold back tears. Gagne and his Tampa Bay Lightning continued their winning streak and beat the Flyers, 3-2. The Flyers continued their power play woes, going 1-for-17 through the first four games.

Scoring:
15:11 of the 1st: TBL Steven Stamkos (4) – Assists: Steve Downie (2) & Martin St. Louis (2)
17:03 of the 1st: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (1) – Assists: James van Riemsdyk (3) & Claude Giroux (1)
14:49 of the 2nd: TBL Dominic Moore (2) – Assists: Adam Hall (1) & Brett Clark (2)
01:27 of the 3rd: TBL Pavel Kubina (1) – Assists: Steve Downie (3) & Martin St. Louis (3)
09:59 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (3) – Assists: Ville Leino (3) & Matt Carle (2)

Goaltending:
(L) PHI Brian Boucher (0-1-1): 21 saves on 24 shots – 58:28 TOI
(W) TBL Dan Ellis (1-0-0): 24 saves on 26 shots – 59:55 TOI

The Flyers faced their interstate rival for the second time in two weeks, but this time it was in their own home. Bobrosky, who recorded his first NHL win against the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 7, received the start. But unlike last time, the 22-year-old Russian netminder faced his first loss as the Penguins lit the lamp three times in the third period Saturday night. The Flyers’ revolving door to the penalty box has led to 41 penalties for 101 minutes, which is in the top five in the NHL. The team cannot expect to be able to kill every penalty, especially when giving a team with a lot of firepower up front, like the Penguins, two 5-on-3 opportunities in one game. As a sidenote, Andreas Nodl was in the lineup for the first time this season. Nodl replaced Daniel Carcillo on the line with Carter and Mike Richards.

Scoring:
06:43 of the 1st: PHI Danny Briere, PPG (4) – Assists: Scott Hartnell (1) & Jeff Carter (1)
11:31 of the 1st: PIT Chris Kunitz (2) – Assists: Sidney Crosby (3)
19:15 of the 2nd: PIT Mark Letestu (3) – Assists: Kris Letang (3) & Paul Martin (5)
03:13 of the 3rd: PIT Sidney Crosby, PPG (2) – Assists: Evgeni Malkin (3) & Mike Comrie (1)
04:37 of the 3rd: PIT Sidney Crosby, PPG (3) – Assists: Kris Letang (4) & Alex Goligoski (3)
16:36 of the 3rd: PIT Matt Cooke, SHG-EN (1) – Assists: Pascal Dupuis (1)

Goaltending:
(L) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (2-1-0): 27 saves on 31 shots – 59:38 TOI
(W) PIT Brent Johnson (3-0-0): 29 saves on 30 shots – 59:52 TOI

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS:
The Phantoms fell to the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Tuesday night, 2-1. Johan Backlund started in net for the third straight game. Zac Rinaldo scored the lone goal. Rinaldo has now scored two goals in his first two AHL games.

Scoring:
00:42 of the 1st: ADK Zac Rinaldo (2) – Assists: Greg Moore & Stefan Legein
19:33 of the 1st: WBS Tim Wallace, PPG (1) – Assists: Bryan Lerg & Chris Conner
01:06 of the 2nd: WBS Joe Vitale (1) – Assists: Nick Johnson & Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Johan Backlund (1-2-0-0): 32 saves on 34 shots – 58:49 TOI
(W) WBS John Curry (1-0-0-0): 25 saves on 26 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms won their second game of the season, 3-2, against the Syracuse Crunch Friday night. The team also faced former teammate Danny Syvret, who was picked up by the Anaheim Ducks before being sent down to the Crunch over the summer.

Scoring:
06:07 of the 2nd: ADK Patrick Maroon (3) – Assists: Mike Testwuide & Erik Gustafsson
13:47 of the 2nd: SYR Kyle Palmieri (1) – Assists: Danny Syvret & Mark Mitera

14:09 of the 2nd: SYR Joe DiPenta (1) – Assists: Rob Bordson & John Kurtz
11:32 of the 3rd: ADK Jon Kalinski, PPG (1) – Assists: Patrick Maroon & Erik Gustafsson
12:06 of the 3rd: ADK Eric Wellwood (1) – Assists: None

Goaltending:

(W) ADK Johan Backlund (2-2-0-0): 17 saves on 19 shots – 59:43 TOI
(L) SYR Jean-Philippe Levasseur (0-1-0-1): 23 saves on 26 shots – 59:35 TOI

The Phantoms took a commanding 3-0 lead within the first 4:30 of Saturday night’s game against the Albany Devils, but ultimately fell, 4-3 in overtime. Albany’s Mike McKenna was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots and was replaced with Jeff Frazee who shutout the Phantoms the rest of the game to allow Albany to tie the game and win in overtime.

Scoring:
02:08 of the 1st: ADK Eric Wellwood, PPG (2) – Assists: Marc-Andre Bourdon & Luke Pither
03:17 of the 1st: ADK Andrew Rowe (1) – Assists: Matt Clackson & Greg Moore
04:29 of the 1st: ADK Joonas Lehtivuori (1) – Assists: David Laliberte & Eric Wellwood
00:40 of the 2nd: ALB Mattias Tedenby, PPG (1) – Assists: Tyler Eckford & Michael Swift
13:04 of the 2nd: ALB Harry Young (1) – Assists: Vladimir Zharkov

00:17 of the 3rd: ALB Nathan Perkovich (1) – Assists: Mattias Tedenby & Michael Swift
01:38 of OT: ALB Brad Mills (1) – Assists: Vladimir Zharkov

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Johan Backlund (2-2-1-0): 42 saves on 46 shots – 61:38 TOI
(W) ALB Jeff Frazee (1-1-0-0): 18 saves on 18 shots – 57:09 TOI
ALB Mike McKenna (1-0-0-0): 3 saves on 6 shots – 04:29 TOI

GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS:
The Road Warriors finished their preseason with a 3-2 overtime win against the South Carolina Stingrays. Dov Grumet-Morris made 27 saves as Andrew Carroll (2) and Shane Harper scored the goals. Carroll recorded the overtime game-winner.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The Flyers have a four day break before continuing their five-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night and the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

The Phantoms finish their three-straight days of games Sunday against the Rochester Americans. They have a four day break to rest before facing the Charlotte Checkers Friday at home and Hershey Bears away on Saturday.

The Road Warriors open their season at home to face the Florida Everblades back-to-back Thursday and Friday night.

STANDINGS

Philadelphia Flyers
2-2-1 — 5 pts (3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
2-2-1-0 — 5 pts (4th in East Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warrios (Preseason)
1-2-0-0

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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