Most observers of the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t expect to hear Michael Leighton’s name come up in this year’s playoffs unless there was an injury or both Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky took huge collective dumps in their crease. While Bobrovsky certainly hasn’t embarrassed himself through two games, he did get yanked in Game 2 and has now virtually fallen off the depth chart.
Head coach Peter Laviolette has announced the Brian Boucher will start Game 3 against the Buffalo Sabres, but Bob won’ be his backup. Nope, it’s Leighton, who was recalled a couple weeks ago and cleared re-entry waivers.
“Boosh will start in net,” Laviolette said. “Not company, my policy. That’s what I’ve done all. I’ve announced the starter. It’s Boosh.”
Why Boucher when the three goals really weren’t all on Bobrovsky?
“Brian came in last couple of times and has done a really nice job for us in there,” Laviolette said. “He’s on top of his game and in charge of his net. He bailed us out of a couple of situations and I really feel he deserves to go in there and play.”
So there you have it, but this doesn’t mean anything is set in stone past Game 3. You have three below-average goalies and it looks like Laviolette will use them like a bullpen and go with the hot hand. It’s what he’s done since he became the Flyers coach last season.