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Boucher earns first playoff win since 2000

Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:46 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2010 11:49 pm
By Erin Brown

Goaltending may have been a question for the Philadelphia Flyers heading into the playoffs. After Game 1, the only question being asked is, "Has the goaltending from 2000 returned?"

Brian Boucher , the Flyers' playoff starter a decade ago, made 23 saves to lift Philadelphia to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Wednesday night.

The postseason start was Boucher's first in eight years, and the win his first since May 20, 2000. That year he went 11-7 in Philadelphia's run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Boucher's biggest save on Wednesday came midway through the first period on Ilya Kovalchuk . The Devils sniper corralled a puck in the slot and fired it through traffic. Boucher snagged it with his glove.

"It was a big save for me because it was pretty much a point blank chance, and he's a sniper," Boucher told TSN . "I felt good about that, and good for the rest of the game."

His poise showed. Boucher held a shutout until the final three minutes of the contest, when Travis Zajac's shot from the right circle took a strange bounce in front and trickled into the net.

Signed as a backup in July 2009, Boucher assumed the starting role after both Ray Emery and Michael Leighton went down with injuries.

"Life's about opportunity. He's been patient about getting his," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "He got in there, he got into game conditions and eventually he worked out some kinks. He's been rock solid for us."

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