We've got one day/night in the books and storylines are already emerging for our two Stanley Cup finalists from a season ago. The defending champion Hawks suffered an overtime loss in Denver, while the Flyers spoiled the opening of the Consul Energy Center in Pittsburgh on the first day of NHL action.
For our first Five for Friday, here are a few observations about the Hawks and the Flyers.
1. Sergei Who?
Well, if you did your homework and read Wednesday's Calder Watch blog entry, you already knew about rookie Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Philly signed the undrafted 22-year-old out of the KHL during the spring. The little-known stopper had a terrific training camp. That earned him the opening game start. He didn't let his team down, making several big stops -- including 15 in the first period -- en route the win. He finished with 29 saves. While I don't think anyone should get carried away, it was a nice start for Bobrovsky. In Philadelphia, where goalie issues seem to be an annual story, I think we have a new netminder to keep an eye on. Maybe Bobrovsky will be this year's version of Antti Niemi.