If Peter Laviolette has been consistent with anything in this post-season, it’s his lack of faith in Sergei Bobrovsky. Brian Boucher was yanked from Saturday’s loss to the Bruins with just under three minutes to go in the second period, but will be back between the pipes on Monday night for Game 2 in Philadelphia in favour of Bobrovsky.
To be fair, Boucher can’t be singled out as the sole reason that the Flyers were roughed up 7-3 by Boston as the team in front of him packed it in shortly after the warm up. Regardless, the goaltender that carried the bulk of the load during the regular season, Sergei Bobrovsky, returns to his now familiar role of emergency fill-in for this evening.
The decision to run with Boucher shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone as a) the club has not shown the slightest hint of confidence in Bobrovsky since lifting him early in Game 2 versus the Buffalo Sabres, and b) Laviolette and co. were quick to place the blame for Saturday’s embarrassment on everyone but Boucher. Laviolette on Game 1, via The Inquirer:
“It wasn’t very good, the defensive play, especially, you know, right in front of our goaltender. Too many easy goals. Too many easy plays. We weren’t strong enough right in front of our goaltender.”
Kimmo Timonen echoed Laviolette, and went as far to predict that Boucher would be the guy in goal for Game 2:
“It wasn’t anything to do with the goaltending. It was all about us. We were brutal today.”
Asked whether he expects Boucher to be back in the net for Monday’s Game 2 at the Wells Fargo Center, Timonen said, “I think so.”
Not that the call was Timonen’s to make, but it would appear that Brian Boucher has the complete confidence of his teammates and coaches, Laviolette on making the call on Game 2 via CSNPhilly.com:
“Brian will go back in net today. Today, for me, is a game where we all get to go back in there and try and right some wrongs. So everybody gets an opportunity. He deserves it.”
Boucher holds a record of 4-2 to go along with a .914 Sv% and 2.80 GAA in seven playoff appearances. Bobrovsky will back him up while Michael Leighton is sidelined with a
crushed spirit lower-body injury.