Snider has high expectations for goalie tandem

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Snider has high expectations for goalie tandem

Ed Snider was in great spirits Friday afternoon at his annual “Meet the Flyers” at XFinity Live!

He said that the sting of failing to make the playoffs last spring dogged on him right into the fall until …“now.”

“Now, I’m excited because we’re starting a new season and it’s going to be a great season,” the Flyers’ chairman said.

Players reported to training camp in very good shape, and those returning from last year’s club feel they owe themselves -- not just the fan base -- to make up for the disappointment after the lockout.

“Last year was definitely a fluke,” Snider said. “Anything that could go wrong did. We didn’t have a great rapport among all our players.”

That was a subtle shot at goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was bought out and had a number of detractors in the locker room the entire time he was here.

Snider says this team, which added Mark Streit, Ray Emery and Vinny Lecavalier to the mix, is a happier bunch.

“You see the camaraderie now, you feel it,” he said. “We had a golf tournament the other day and the guys were spectacular. I just think we’re in for really wonderful things this year.

“I’m excited about all three newcomers and some of kids … our goaltending situation, I think is solid and I’d be very disappointed if it’s not.”

That would Emery and Steve Mason.

Snider said he could not think of any single issue on the team going into the preseason. Last year, the Flyers were simply dogged by injuries all through the lockout and right into the season.

For now, they are healthy for the most part. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon is still having post-concussion syndrome issues. Snider said Bourdon would go on LTIR along with Chris Pronger in October.

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

In a high-profile showdown of Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, Washington's captain also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the goal that tied it in the third. But Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh to the win.

Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. He beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots of the second period.

Holtby stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced but allowed Bonino's goal with 7:24 left.

Game 2 is Saturday night (see full recap).

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.

It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win.

Game 2 is Saturday.

Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves.

Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round (see full recap).

Flyers officially sign 2015 draft pick Mikhail Vorobyov to entry-level deal

Flyers officially sign 2015 draft pick Mikhail Vorobyov to entry-level deal

It’s official now.
 
The Flyers signed Russian forward Mikhail Vorobyov to an entry-level contract and announced it Thursday afternoon two days after it had been reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports in Canada.
 
Vorobyov is the Flyers' fourth-round pick (104th overall) from the 2015 NHL Draft.
 
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound center from Ufa, Russia, played this past season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev and had 11 points (three goals) in 44 games.
 
The 20-year-old is expected to play for the Phantoms next fall.
 
Vorobyov played for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, where his country won the bronze medal. He had 10 assists in seven games. That tied him for third in overall team scoring.
 
Vorobyov recorded points in six of the seven games. He also added a shootout goal in the semifinals against the United States.