Bob Carries Flyers, Cooter Strikes Again, Talbot Takes a 'bow

Bob Carries Flyers, Cooter Strikes Again, Talbot Takes a 'bow

It wasn't pretty up on Long Island, but the Flyers escaped with a 3-2 win in a brilliant performance by Sergei Bobrovsky. Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, and Sean Couturier each scored, with the third being the definition of a necessary insurance goal.

Bob was the story almost from the start in this one, stopping a penalty shot just a few minutes in. On that and most other shots, he had perfect positioning, square to the shooter and quick with his reactions. The Islanders didn't look like the worst scoring team in the conference, notching 35 shots, some of pretty solid quality. Bob carried a shutout through two periods, but finally conceded a pair in the third, including one with just 16 seconds left.

Fortunately, Couturier had given the Flyers a 3-1 lead at the 18:30 mark, again a familiar looking goal. Video highlights below.

Snub or just "good player not yet named to All-Star team," Hartnell continued to make his case, opening the scoring. His goal was pretty nice too, but the assist by Jaromir Jagr really made it happen. Watch this needle threadin'.

Will he get the start again on Saturday in Nashville?

Notes:
The Isles wore those awful Mets jerseys again. Did they need a new reason for people not to buy their gear?

Max Talbot took a Steve Staios elbow to the head, and he stayed hunched over on the ice until the whistle blew. No word yet on how his head's doing, but Staios might get himself a Shanny vid.

The Flyers got only 22 shots on goal. So uh, not the best night for Nabokov, eh?

JVR's second half resurgence… didn't begin on Thursday. He played just 10:32, with no shots on goal.

Giroux was on the ice for both Isles goals, yet distinguished his night overall with a few all-out defensive plays. He also kept pace in the scoring race with an assist on Hartnell's power play goal.

The Flyers' PK kept the Isles 5th ranked power play unit off the board in four opportunities.

The AP clocks Thursday night's win as the Flyers' 26th win in 28 games against the Islanders, including 12th of their last thirteen on Long Island.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.