A cotton-candy vendor working his way through a typical petite hockey crowd at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night didn't wait for a stop in the action to push his snacks.

Eventually, the fellow ended up in Section 113. When he got down to the first row of the aisle, he took a shortcut to Section 114 by passing through the end of a runway that leads from the visiting dressing room to the ice.

Along the way, the arena worker cut directly in front of Ilya Bryzgalov.

There's no room on the team benches for second goalies in the New York Islanders' 40-year-old dump of a venue, and right now there appears to be none in the Flyers' lineup.

Now more than ever, it's looking like Sergei Bobrovsky, the younger of the two Russian goalies, at 23, is stealing the starting job away from his more accomplished countryman, who's had a first half to forget, Year 1 into a nine-year, $51-million contract.