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Boucher finds redemption with perfect Game 5

Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:31 pm
By Erin Brown

Brian Boucher has no interest in reliving the past.

The Philadelphia Flyers led his team with a 28-save effort in a series-clinching, 3-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

The shutout was the second of Boucher's postseason career, but more importantly, it erased the ghosts of a horriffic collapse by the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals a decade earlier.

Philadelphia led New Jersey, 3-1, in the series that year. Rather than clinch a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers fell 4-1 on home ice in Game 5 and went on to lose the next two games. New Jersey became just the 16th team in NHL history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.

"That still stings," Boucher said. "We were on our way to the Stanley Cup Finals and we lost. But tonight it feels nice to move on to the second round.

Game 5: A Decade Later
  May 22, 2000 April 22, 2010
Round Conference Final Conference Quarterfinal
Result New Jersey, 4-1 Philadelphia, 3-0
Flyers Goals Valeri Zelepukin Danny Briere, Claude Giroux (2)
Devils Goals Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, Bobby Holik, Petr Sykora None
Flyers Goalie (GA-SV) Brian Boucher (4-26) Brian Boucher (0-28)
Devils Goalie (GA-SV) Martin Brodeur (1-20) Martin Brodeur (3-18)
Series Result New Jersey wins, 4-3 Philadelphia wins, 4-1

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