April 30, 2011 |
Brian Boucher has done it before. He's taken the slow skate to the bench, wished his replacement well, and begun the process of forgetting about what just happened and preparing for the next game. It happened in the first round during Game 5 against Buffalo, when he allowed two early goals from impossible angles and was replaced by Michael Leighton. But like Sergei Bobrovsky, Leighton didn't work out and it was Boucher who came back to stop 24 of 25 shots in the Game 6 overtime victory and it was Boucher who was solid in the 5-2 Game 7 win. Boucher's resiliency will get yet another test because the Boston Bruins had their way with him in Saturday's 7-3 rout of the Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
February 4, 2011 |
Standing just outside the door that leads to the Flyers' locker room - minutes before he would come into the focus of 19,702 fans and one gleaming spotlight at center ice - Bob Clarke was blown away by the awaiting media interest. "I had one of these nights already, 25 years ago," Clarke said before last night's on-ice ceremony. During the time his grandson, Peter White Jr., took to fold up the same banner from his retirement ceremony at the Spectrum more than 25 years ago, Clarke had yet another moment to put his long and legendary career in perspective.
May 6, 2011 |
BOSTON - It appears that Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will make his first playoff start Friday since Game 2 of the Buffalo series. Coach Peter Laviolette does not announce his goalies during the playoffs, but at Thursday's skate at TD Garden, Brian Boucher and Johan Backlund rotated at one end while Bobrovsky was at the other. The goalies who rotate usually don't start the next game. Bobrovsky will be in a must-win situation in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals, three games to none.
May 1, 2011 |
Brian Boucher has done it before. He's taken the slow skate to the bench, wished his replacement well, and begun forgetting about what just happened and preparing for the next game. It happened in the first round during Game 5 against Buffalo, when he allowed two early goals from impossible angles and was replaced by Michael Leighton. But like Sergei Bobrovsky, Leighton didn't work out. It was Boucher who came back to stop 24 of 25 shots in the Game 6 overtime victory, and it was Boucher who was solid in the 5-2 Game 7 win. Boucher's resiliency will get yet another test because the Boston Bruins had their way with the goalie in Saturday's 7-3 rout of the Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
September 25, 2011 |
Matt Read is making an impact in his first NHL training camp. Fact is, the 25-year-old rookie forward has played so well that it would be surprising if he didn't make the Flyers. Displaying great speed and being strong on the puck, Read has resembled the player who was so effective in a brief AHL stint late last season, when he had seven goals and six assists in 11 games with the Adirondack Phantoms. That look-see, Read said, helped prepare him for camp. "With those 11 games, I had to learn and adjust to the speed of the game," he said.
April 24, 2011 |
So, who starts for the Flyers as they try to stare down elimination in Game 6 Sunday afternoon in Buffalo? Veteran Brian Boucher, the guy who yielded two of the worst goals of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday? Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who surrendered three goals on seven shots in Game 2 and hasn't even dressed for the last three games? Journeyman Michael Leighton, who allowed a juicy rebound that produced the winning goal Friday in overtime? Boosh, Bob, or Leights?
May 18, 2011 |
HE HAS DRAWN comparisons to Nashville Predators starter Pekka Rinne. And one goalie-centric hockey blog called him the "Leaning Tower of Pisa" for his awkward stance in net. Yesterday, he became a Philadelphia Flyer. The Flyers signed Finnish goaltender Niko Hovinen, a former Minnesota Wild draft pick, to an entry-level contract. He was most recently a member of the Finnish national team that set off a celebration in the streets of Helsinki with a 6-1 drubbing of archrival Sweden in the IIHF World Championship final on Sunday.
January 9, 2011 |
Last week, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette insisted that a three-goalie system was "manageable. " Yeah, and Jersey Shore will be remembered as a TV classic in the same manner as the award-winning West Wing. (And wouldn't Snooki have made a great first lady?!) But I digress . . . Give Laviolette credit. He was making the best of a difficult situation and taking a bullet for his franchise. Deep down, though, having three goalies - Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher, and Michael Leighton - was not something Laviolette liked.
January 5, 2011 |
About seven months after he sparked the Flyers into the Stanley Cup Finals with three shutouts against Montreal in the conference finals, Flyers goalie Michael Leighton cleared waivers Tuesday and was sent to the Adirondack Phantoms. "Getting sent down is disappointing for me, obviously, but on the other hand, I get a chance to play and I have to look at that as a positive," Leighton said in a low tone after packing his bags at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees. Leighton, 29, had back surgery on Oct. 11, and later played four rehab games with the AHL Phantoms.
September 21, 2011 |
TORONTO - If you had taken a little trip to the corner bookmaker and - for entertainment purposes only, of course - asked for odds on a goaltender other than $51 million man Ilya Bryzgalov to break the Flyers' agonizing shutout drought, what would they have been? We're guessing somewhere in the 500-1 range. Maybe more astronomical. Leave it to Sergei Bobrovsky then, to pitch the Flyers' first shutout in any game - preseason, regular-season or playoff - since Michael Leighton held Montreal scoreless in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 22, 2010.