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Boucher yanked, Flyers' goalie search continues

Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:15 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 7:57 pm

It took all of one game -- actually, not even two periods -- to restart the Philadelphia Flyers' goalie carousel. 

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was yanked with less than four minutes left  the second period after he allowed his fifth goal (on 23 shots) in the Boston Bruins’ 7-3 victory in Game 1 of the second-round series at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. In came rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed the final two goals over the final 10 shots. 

They combined ot allow the most goals in a postseason game against the Bruins since May 4, 1978. 

“It wasn’t a good afternoon all around for all of us,” Boucher told CSN Philadelphia.  “We didn’t get any breaks and we certainly didn’t play all that well. At the same time, I don’t see the need for a change (in goal), but we’ll see what happens.”

The Flyers began the first round with Bobrovsky in net, but his tenure ended after he allowed three goals on seven shots. Boucher came into the game in relief as the Flyers battled back to win Game 2 against the Buffalo Sabres. Boucher eventually had his owns struggles and Michael Leighton --- who was limited to one regular-season game ---- played part of Game 5 and got the start in Game 6. Boucher finished off the series and entered as the No. 1 goalie for this round. 

One bright spot for the Flyers defense and special teams is that they killed all five of the Bruins’ 5-on-4 opportunities. The Bruins still haven’t scored on the power play and they sunk to 0-for-26 with the extra man. 

-- A.J. Perez

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:22 am

Boucher yanked, Flyers' goalie search continues

Yea last round over enough Montreal diving, sticks to throat hurt regardless how hard or light the action is, but I dont think we will see many flops or diving in this series, both teams got some tough hockey players.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:14 pm

Boucher yanked, Flyers' goalie search continues

Watch the tape...Halpern skated right at Ference...had no reason to.  Ference didn't have the puck.   Ference braced himself and gave him a little extra for being silly enough to not look where he was going.

Spear to the throat?   Really?   That was the third time in the series that he barely got touched and took a dive.   It's no wonder the NESN announcer kept calling him out.

And you want to talk about garbage calls....the Lucic ejection when Spacek turns last minute.   Was a clean check that Spacek turned into a questionable one.   In any other arena, it's two minutes tops.   But against Montreal, it's a major and a game misconduct.

Funny how they flop on the ice and yet don't sit the mandatory 15 minutes....could be that they weren't really hurt.

If you're going to consistently cry wolf, eventually, nobody believes your act...even if it one day may be a true injury.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:27 pm

Boucher yanked, Flyers' goalie search continues

Which series did you watch? The game seven I watched saw the Bruin's third goal scored when Kelly speared Hamrlik in the throat, leaving him out the play. No call. I don't know if you've received a hockey stick to the throat but by all estimates it hurts like hell.  Then there was the shoulder to the jaw of Halpern by Ferrence. Yes, I agree that Halpern was looking the other way and shouldn't have been, but he didn't veer into Ference, Ference saw him coming. The hit was identical and harder than the hit that ended Crosby's season, and is exactly what the league is trying to cut down on. Again, no call, but should have been a misconduct. But I guess when Halpern had his head bounced off the stanchion and bounced back up rather than play dead, he was just being soft.
Bruins almost lost the series because of stupid penalties and the truth is they were being very undisciplined and should have had far more calls against them.

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: April 30, 2011 9:43 pm

Boucher yanked, Flyers' goalie search continues

The Flyers might not have played well to day but at least they don't flop on the ice if you brush by one of them like the Montreal diving team did last series. I hope some of those Canadian players are out of the hospital by the end of summer.

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