2010 Stanley Cup: Why the Flyers Should Start Brian Boucher in Game 6

June 8th, 2010 by Bob Cunningham Leave a reply »
Boucher or Leighton, who should start?

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has a very difficult decision to make in the coming days on who will be his starting goaltender for Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

According to Laviolette, he has already made up his mind on who will be the starter but will not say whether it’s Michael Leighton or Brian Boucher.

Leighton has been absolutely remarkable since taking over for Boucher when he was injured in Game 5 against the Bruins. The numbers he has posted are very impressive considering he was coming back from injury himself.

In fact, when Leighton entered the game in the second period against Boston, it was his first game back on the bench. He had not played since March 16 after suffering a high ankle sprain against Nashville.

As it stands today, Leighton is leading the playoffs in goals against average, 2.34, shutouts with three and fifth in save percentage, .918, but his numbers against the Blackhawks are very disturbing.

Through five games, Leighton possess an abysmal .867 save percentage along with a 4.01 GAA. The numbers are also deceiving as he has been t ...

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