UPDATE: At Saturday's practice, Chris Pronger again skated and took slap shots, but the Flyers would not say if he would play Sunday. Jeff Carter and Andreas Nodl did not practice and are expected to miss Sunday's game.
Coach Peter Laviolette would not announce Sunday's goalie.
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So who starts Game 6 for the Flyers on Easter Sunday?
Which team has the most rabid fans?
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Total votes = 2625
Veteran Brian Boucher, the usually steady goalie who yielded two of the worst goals of the season in Game 5?
Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who surrendered three goals on seven shots in Game 2 and hasn’t even dressed in the last three contests?
Journeyman Michael Leighton, who allowed a juicy rebound that produced the game-winning OT goal in Buffalo’s 4-3 win on Friday night?
Boosh, Bob or Leights? Or perhaps a period for each (Boosh-rovsky-ton)? And maybe call Johan Backlund if the game goes into OT?
After Friday’s deflating defeat, coach Peter Laviolette would not commit to his goalie on Sunday.
“I’m going to sleep on that one and probably give you nothing,” he said.
He figures to use Boucher. Bob’s confidence is probably shot for this series, and Leighton didn’t instill much trust with his shaky OT.
Boucher stood up and took the blame.
Leighton deflected it.
“You know, it’s a tough situation,” he said of Tyler Ennis’ winning goal. “The defenseman has to go out and block the puck, and it kind of puts a little bit of a screen on me, and I just caught it (the sight of the puck) through. You know, it’s just a play that has to happen; the defense has to do that and it was just kind of a lucky bounce right on the guy’s tape.”
Boucher allowed two goals in the first 3:51, both from impossible angles _ a long shot from the goal line on the left, and a shot from behind the goal line on the right.
“The first one, I was anticipating a pass and he shot it on net,” Boucher said. “The second one, aside from maybe coming out and playing the puck before that, I don’t know if I would’ve played that any differently. I mean, the guy banked it off me. But the first one was me anticipating a pass and he threw it on net.”
Boucher said he took “full responsibility” for the loss. “I put my team behind the 8-ball. It was on me. Those are goals that can’t go in.”
Give Boucher a crack at redemption. For all he’s done for this organization over the years, he deserves it.
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