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November 30, 2010 9:11 PM

Rookie Netminder Leads the Way for First Place Flyers

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Many would agree with George Bernard Shaw's famous quote, "Youth is wasted on the young." Sergei Bobrovsky may be an exception to the rule.

Hard work has paid off for the 22 year old Russian Rookie goaltender. Even though the Flyers are touted as having the "deepest set of forwards" and return a key group of players that made it to overtime of game 6 in the Stanley Cup Finals last year, much of the team's current success has to be attributed to Bobrovsky ...or "Bob" for short.

He is the newest fan favorite in Philadelphia and national writers alike. NHL.com didn't want to wait until June to announce their choice for various trophies, so they have named "Bob" as the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year).

It's December, 30% through the season, and check out the standings. The Flyers are tied for second in the NHL in points (34) and 1st in the league in goal differential at +26 (Washington Capitals, leading the league in points, are 2nd at +18.) That means the Flyers are winning big and losing small. Primarily this is due to consistent and quality goaltending. In fact, only the Montreal Canadians on November 16th have defeated the Flyers by more than one goal. The last three losses for Philadelphia have all come by way of shootout.

Tonight, Bobrovsky will try to help his team avoid their first losing streak of the season. The opponent: revenge seeking Boston Bruins. It will be the first meeting between the Bruins and the Flyers since Philadelphia's improbable and historic comeback in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last year after Boston lead three games to zero.

The Bruins probably won't succeed in forcing the Flyers into a tailspin considering how many players on the team are playing at an All-Star level.

As December approaches, seven members of the Orange and Black are currently slotted for an All-Star selection: 3 forwards, 2 defensemen, and one "Bob."

The youthful Netminder is taking full advantage of his physical and mental sharpness. Flyers fans hope he doesn't waste the opportunity and in case you forget his name, just take a look at the front of his mask.

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