Bob will be Boosh's backup; Lappy nominated for award

   For the first time since he struggled in Game 2, Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will dress for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against visiting Buffalo. He willl serve as Brian Boucher's backup Tuesday for Game 7.

    Peter Laviolette got the goalie decision right this time.

    The Flyers are 8-6 (5-3 at home) in Game 7s; the Sabres are 1-5 (0-4 on the road).

    The Sabres could be severely shorthanded. Patrick Kaleta, Mike Grier and Jordan Leopold missed the morning skate, while Jochen Hecht and Andrej Sekera took part but are questionable.

     Buffalo is already missing two of its better players, injured forwards Jason Pominiville and  Tim Connolly.

      Kaleta, who reportedly riled Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell with comments about their divorces during Game 6, will miss the game with what is believed to be a hand injury.

     "I took him out for counseling," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff kidded today.

     Grier and Leopold will be game-time decisions. Griere is expected to be sidelined.

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    Even though he didn’t play a game this season because of post-concussion syndrome, Flyers forward Ian Laperriere was named one of the three finalists for the Masterton Award on Tuesday.

   Laperriere is THAT respected in hockey circles.

   The award, voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. is given to the player who demonstrates perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

   The otherr two nominees are former Flyers: Anaheim goalie Ray Emery and Calgary forward Daymond Langkow.

    The winner will be announced in Las Vegas on June 22.

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