Brian Boucher Practices: Should He Replace Michael Leighton?

May 26th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
When the playoffs commenced, the Philadelphia Flyers looked to be in tough with Brian Boucher as their starter.

Low and behold, Boucher came out flying in round one, back stopping the Flyers to a round one win over Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils—looking every bit like a Stanley Cup goaltender in the process.

Unfortunately for Boucher, the ligaments in both of his knees were injured in round two against the Boston Bruins, forcing him to the sidelines, and in many people’s minds, ending his Stanley Cup run.

Wednesday, Boucher surprised us all by participating in his first full practice with little to no complications.

As is the case with all NHL players, Boucher is chomping at the bit to dress for game one of the Flyers-Blackhawks series. Make no mistake about it—Boucher will not be replacing Leighton between the pipes—that is unless Leighton is injured and/or Leighton can’t stop a beach ball.

Boucher, who was the hero in the Flyers' playoff clinching shootout win against the New York Rangers in the Flyers final regular season game, went 6-4 in ten playoff games this season.

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