Boucher (Boucher!) starting vs. Caps

     WASHINGTON _ In a stunning move, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has decided to start backup goalie Brian Boucher Saturday night against the NHL's best team, the Washington Capitals.

    Boucher will be making his first start since Oct. 25, a 2-1 loss in Columbus.

    In a pregame interview, Bobrovsky said the rest would be good for him and the team.

    In Thursday's wild 8-7 defeat to Tampa Bay, Boucher relieved starter Sergei Bobrovsky at the start of the second period and allowed four goals.

    Bobrovosky has made 12 straight starts, and it was surprising that he got the start Thursday against a Tampa Bay team that was struggling. Prior to Saturday's game, Laviolette said he started Bobrovsky against Tampa becaus ehe wanted to give him a chance to rebound from the 3-0 loss to Montreal.

   After Thursday's game, Bobrovsky said it was a "risky" question when he was asked if he wanted a day off. The implication: He was tired.

    Bobrovsky, who is 11-3-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .925 save percentage, figured to get the start against the high-scoring Caps. Boucher is 1-3-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .882 SP.

    The Flyers will be trying to end their first two-game losing streak in nearly a month.

    Entering Saturday, the Flyers and Caps each have 70 goals, tops in the NHL.

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   Caps winger Mike Knuble, a former Flyer, will not play Saturday after getting hit in the face with a puck during Friday's game in Atlanta. The Caps said the injury was not considered to be serious.

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    Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell enters Saturday tied for the NHL lead with a plus-15 ratings; Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla also is at plus-15.

   O'Donnell's defensive partner, Andrej Meszaros, began Saturday tied for No. 3 in the league at plus-13.