Flyers Notes: Goalie Brian Boucher could start Tuesday for Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk (21) battles for the puck with Philadelphia Flyers' Braydon Coburn during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk (21) battles for the puck with Philadelphia Flyers' Braydon Coburn during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) (AP)
Posted: February 13, 2013

TORONTO - If Flyers coach Peter Laviolette decides to call Brian Boucher's name Tuesday night in Winnipeg, the veteran goalie says he is ready for his first NHL start since last season.

"Yeah, absolutely," Boucher said after rejoining the Flyers and taking part in their morning practice before Monday night's game in Toronto. "I played a bit in Adirondack, so it's been good. Anytime you get game sharpness, it certainly helps, and I feel it's been a good thing for me."

Laviolette would not commit to Tuesday's goalie. Ilya Bryzgalov started Monday for the 12th time in 13 games, which makes Tuesday seem like a natural time to use Boucher, who was recalled from the AHL's Phantoms on Sunday because of a finger injury suffered by backup goalie Michael Leighton.

Boucher entered Monday's game after Toronto took a 4-1 lead in the second period.

Boucher, 36, was 2-4 with the Phantoms and had a 2.71 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

Simmonds scores

Wayne Simmonds, who missed three games with a concussion before returning Saturday, said the rust has been removed from his game.

"I'm starting to get the timing back. I shouldn't have any excuses," he said before scoring 38 seconds into Monday's game.

Simmonds grew up in suburban Toronto, and he left about 15 tickets for relatives and friends. The winger was a big Blue Jays fan as a youngster and, as a five-year-old, watched the World Series on TV with his grandmother as Joe Carter hit the clinching home run to beat the Phillies in Game 6.

"That was a pretty cool experience," Simmonds said.

Schenn returns

The media swarm that surrounded Luke Schenn made it seem like a Stanley Cup Final, not an early-season game. Schenn was making his first appearance in Toronto since being dealt to the Flyers for James van Riemsdyk in June.

"It'll be good to get the game out of the way," van Riemsdyk said Monday morning. "Obviously, I had some great memories in Philadelphia, but it's time to move forward."

Brotherly love

Brayden and Luke Schenn live in different condos but in the same Philadelphia complex. "We're pretty much together 24/7 - breakfast right to supper, we do it all. It's been good," Brayden Schenn said. "We're not sick of each other yet."

Breakaways

Andrej Meszaros, sidelined by a left shoulder injury, is not on the trip but may be able to skate later this week, general manager Paul Holmgren said. . . . Scott Hartnell (broken left foot) will see a doctor Friday and hopes to be cleared to resume skating.

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