You could say it was a pretty good month for Sergei Bobrovsky of the Flyers. He went 7-1-2 in November with a .931 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.02. Putting up those kinds of numbers will get you noticed and today, Bobrovsky was given the Rookie of the Month award by the NHL for November.
Bobrovsky helped lead the Flyers to the top of the Atlantic Division with his play and locked down the starting job as well. Bobrovsky had to beat out forward Jeff Skinner of Carolina and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Colorado for the monthly recognition. Beating out those two players with the month they had says a lot for Bobrovsky. Skinner finished November with four goals and eight assists in 14 games for Carolina while Shattenkirk had four goals and seven assists in 13 games for the Avs.
With the season rolling along and Michael Leighton set to return in the near future, times may get a bit less busy in the future for Bobrovsky. For a rookie to be the backstop for one of the top teams in the NHL, shouldering the full load early on can only mean that times will get tougher as the seasons wears on.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…
Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.
Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.
From the league:
At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.
The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.