Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boucher gets call vs. Penguins

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is staying with the hot goaltender.

Boucher gets call vs. Penguins

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   Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is staying with the hot goaltender.

    Brian Boucher will start Tuesday's intriguing matchup against visiting Pittsburgh, Laviolette announced after the morning skate.

   It will be the third straight start for Boucher, who is 5-3-2 with a 2.23 goals against average and .919 save percentage this year. Marc-Andre Fleury, whose strong play has keyed the Penguins' 12-game winning streak, is 14-6-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .914 save percentage.

   Laviolette said he was sticking with Boucher because he was "sharp" and rested.

   In his last four starts, Boucher has a 1.21 GAA and .960 save perccentage.

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    After the morning skate, Pens coach Dan Bylsma said it would be a game-time decision on whether injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Chirs Kunitz were healthy enough to play Tuesday night. Kunitz was on the regular line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis during the skate. Malkin wa not on a regular line, but skated with the power-play unit.

   Kunitz will probably play, and Malkin is 50/50.

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    Look for Chris Pronger to spend a lot of time on the ice Tuesday when Crosby's line is out there.

    "I don't think we match forward lines (that much). Like I've always said, we're more concerned with our back end out there," Laviolette said. "Our back end is a unit of six who we trust. We don't have yellow flags on our bench waving to our players to signal caution at any point. We trust all of our players out there."

    Asked if Pronger would get more time against Crosby, Laviolette said: "I'll probably keep the game plan out of the media. No sense broadcasting it. They've already got enough wins in the column. I'm trying to slow them down, not help them out."

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   Though Pittsburgh's power play has been inconsistent lately, most of the Flyers said they have to stay out of the penalty box in order to beat the Pens. Crosby scored two PP goals in the Penguins' 5-1 win here earlier this season.

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    During their 12-game winning streak, the Penguins have had the lead for 489:14, and have trailed for just 28:53.

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    For constant Flyers updates, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BroadStBull.

    
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