Tag:Peter Laviolette
Posted on: May 9, 2010 8:00 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

• The outlook was grim, doubts were spreading and criticism was rampant. That seemed to be the state of affairs for the Blackhawks a little more than a week ago. How quickly things can change. The Hawks now are on the cusp of advancing to their second consecutive Western Conference finals by eliminating the rival Vancouver Canucks for the second consecutive year. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Blackhawks' relentless pressure has kept Canucks off balance. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Penalties killing Canucks chances to reach the next round. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 3-2)

• The Penguins have preached the importance of creating traffic in front of Jaroslav Halak, and their plan worked well enough to earn a 3-2 series advantage. Montreal coach Jacques Martin all but admitted that such goals are somewhat unstoppable. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had fun, but busy evening. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• No. 8 seed Canadiens in familiar spot, must win to avoid elimination . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Flyers coach Peter Laviolette says the Flyers need to be on the attack mode. "We have to do to them what they're going to try to do to us." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins have become enormously popular over the past month in city of Boston. [ Boston Herald ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks win series 4-1)

• Sharks brush aside some playoff demons to eliminate Red Wings and reach conference finals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Too many things went wrong for Red Wings, including Brad Stuart's injury. [ Detroit Free Press ]

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

Boucher earns first playoff win since 2000

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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