Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/28/10 at 11:02 AM ET
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Early in the Flyers’ 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, Nik Zherdev casually retreated toward center ice as a Sabres defenseman snapped an outlet pass through him for an offensive rush.
One step behind the play, Zherdev reached out his stick in a half-hearted attempt to slow his opponent, then wheeled away as Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kicked away the scoring chance.
A few shifts later, Zherdev pulled the puck away from the offensive left wall, cut to the middle of the ice, weaved his way past diving defenseman Chris Butler, and made world-class goaltender Ryan Miller look silly by unleashing a deadly wrist shot inside the left post.
This, the Flyers are learning, is what you get with Zherdev.
Sometimes he plays as if the puck is on a string, other times he tends to float.
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