Sergei Bobrovsky moves post to post as well as any goalie in the league. He is as flexible as a rubber band and sees through traffic with the eyes of a hawk.

But there is a glaring deficiency in his game that arises every time he wanders from his crease.

Like many Russian goaltenders, the Flyers' 23-year-old netminder was never asked to play the puck behind the net until arriving in the NHL. As a result, nearly every puck sent behind the net becomes an adventure.

"It's going to take some time for him to get better," Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. "He has to feel comfortable going behind the net and stopping the puck, that's the first thing. And then it comes down to talking -- to say what he's going to do with it."

Therein lies Bobrovsky's other handicap: speaking and understanding English. It has become a double-edged sword for the goalie and his coach, Jeff Reese. The two have spent countless hours working on when to leave his crease, how to stop hard wraparounds behind the net, and the best ways to distribute the puck to defensemen.

"From what I heard, he hadn't come out of the net once over in Russia," Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell said. "I think any one of us, if we tried to pick up something new at this level, would have a bit of a learning curve."