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Flyers Blank Bruins With Two Different Goaltenders


Michael Leighton hadn’t played in 22 games. Sidelined by a high ankle sprain, Leighton was only cleared to play a couple of weeks ago. The Flyers didn’t appear to need him though as Brian Boucher was having a hell of a playoff series for a team who’s goaltending was arguably the most questionable at the trade deadline having seen all of their net minders go down with an injury at some point in the season.

Then the unthinkable happened. The Flyers, who were down in the series 3-1 to the Bruins prior to last nights contest, were proving a come back could be done. Boucher was playing a flawless game in back while the rest of his team got it done up front when he was ran into by teammate Ryan Parent and Miroslav Satan early in the second period. Boucher went down in obvious pain and had to be helped off the ice.

Leighton had to snap into gear. He took Boucher’s place and finished off the game the same way Boucher started it, flawless. He stoped 14 of 14 shots in route to a 4-0 win. A shutout by two goaltenders in one game has only happened one other time in playoff history, ironically also against the Boston Bruins.

Both NHL.com and CSNPhilly.com have reported that Boucher has suffered from a Grade Two MCL Sprain in both of his knees. Recovery time for this injury is expected to be at least a month. The Flyers could be out of the playoffs as early as tomorrow night, but even if they do come back and beat the Bruins, advance through the Conference Finals and have a go at Lord Stanley, it is not thought to be likely Boucher will make a return.

Also injured in the game was forward Claude Giroux, who was the victim of a boarding call late in the second period. His status for Game Six, which is at 7p.m. Wednesday night in Philly, is questionable.

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