Ritter’s Rant: News And Notes From Around The NHL

May 24th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »

Masked Men Shine

It’s funny how things work out. Heading into this years addition of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the two teams with the biggest goaltending concerns were, in many people’s eyes, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers.

For the Flyers the loss of both Ray Emery and Michael Leighton prior to the playoffs seemed to spell doom for the Flyers who had struggled to get consistent goaltending all season long.

Low and behold, Flyers third string option Brian Boucher plays perhaps the best hockey of his career, leading the Flyers to their first round victory over the New Jersey Devils and a good portion of their second round victory over the Boston Bruins.

Then, just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Flyers, Boucher goes down, Leighton steps in and, to the surprise of many, Leighton stands on his head, leading the Flyers over the Bruins and taking the Orange and Black to within one game of making the Stanley Cup Finals—posting three shut outs (which leads all postseason goalies) in the process.

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