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Flyers Daily: Goalie Samuel Ersson Better Than Expected; Pens’ Sidney Crosby Opens Up

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By his own admission, goalie Samuel Ersson will need time to get to 100 percent after undergoing groin surgery earlier this year.

But the Philadelphia Flyers prospect made an eye-opening return Saturday night, making 36 saves in a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers at the PPL Center in Allentown.

“I’ve been thinking all summer than I want to come back with a statement to show I’m able to handle adversity and come back and come back strong,” Ersson told reporters after the victory.

OK, it was only a rookie game, and no one should get carried away.

Still, Ersson, who turns 23 next month, was extremely sharp — quicker than expected. The Swede will probably be one of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ top goalies this season. Easing him into action figured to be the plan.

But if he keeps playing like he did Saturday and has a strong veteran camp starting Thursday, it’s fair to wonder if he can put himself in the running for the Philadelphia Flyers’ backup job, behind Carter Hart.

At least he is in the conversation. It’s a credit to Ersson’s offseason rehab work that he is even in that position. Felix Sandtsrom and Troy Grosenick are the leading candidates for the Flyers’ No. 2 spot.

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Philly Hockey Now: In addition to Ersson, left winger Olle Lycksell starred as the Philadelphia Flyers again defeated the New York Rangers in a rookie game. The Rangers actually controlled play, but the Flyers rolled on the scoreboard, 5-1.  Philadelphia Flyers.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Sidney Crosby, Flyers tormentor, opens up about longevity. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Colorado: Open your piggy banks, Denver-area folks. Nazem Kadri’s Colorado home is on the mark for (gulp) $4.2 million. Denver Post.

San Jose Hockey Now: Joe Thornton is skating with the Sharks. Isn’t he collecting Social Security checks? Asking for a friend. San Jose Sharks.

Boston Hockey Now: Charlie McAvoy keeps getting better. Could he challenge Cale Makar and others for the Norris Trophy this season? Boston Bruins.

Detroit Hockey Now: A 6-foot-8, 249-pound Swede is opening eyes at the Red Wings’ rookie camp. Hello, Elmer Soderblom. The left winger was taken in the sixth round (159th overall) in the 2019 draft. He makes Isaac Ratcliffe look small. Detroit Red Wings.

Montreal Hockey Now: The new contracts given to RFAs will play a role in Cole Caufield’s extension talks. Montreal Canadiens.

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