Boucher injures both knees


Brian Boucher injured both knees and will be evaluated tomorrow, the Flyers said.

It is likely he will be sidelined for several weeks, meaning Michael Leighton will be the starting goalie. Leighton saw his first action since March 16 and finished off a 4-0 shutout of the Bruins in Game 5. He made 14 saves.

Game 6 will be Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Wachovia Center with the Flyers trailing by three games to two.

Boucher and Leighton posted the first combined shutout in the playoffs since Montreal blanked Boston on March 22, 1955.

Brian Boucher did a brief interview after the game.

On how he is feeling: "I'm sore right now and I'm personally disappointed that I got hurt ... I'm happy with the win."

On Parent falling on him: "When he fell on me, I knew right away. I just wanted him to get off me. It was just a weird play. It's unfortunate."

On his prognosis: "I don't know. I haven't really talked to Jimmy about it. It's been kinda hectic and choatic in there. We'll know more tomorrow."

Meanwhile, general manager Paul Holmgren declined to specify the nature or severity of the injury to Claude Giroux. Giroux left the game after being boarded by Steve Begin late in the second period.

Holmgren did say that Giroux did not return for precuationary reasons.

From earlier:

BOSTON – Brian Boucher was in the middle of what may have been his best game in the Flyers’ Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Bruins.

And then he did what every Flyers starter has done this season: leave with an injury.

Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent and Boston’s Miroslav Satan fell on top of Boucher while he was in his butterfly position, sending Boucher’s torso one way and his legs another.

Boucher needed to be carried off the ice by teammates and trainer Jim McCrossin with 15:25 remaining in the second period and the Flyers leading Boston, 1-0.

Michael Leighton, coincidentally dressing in a Flyers uniform for the first time since he suffered a severe high left ankle sprain on March 16 in Nashville, promptly hopped off the bench and entered the game. Leighton was 16-5-2 with a .918 save percentage since the Flyers claimed him off waivers from Carolina in December.


We will update you with Boucher’s injury status as we get the news.

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