Flyers acorched in their own building

This article can be found published on Chicks Who Give a Puck.

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Bobrovsky, Bobrovsky, Boucher, Boucher, Boucher, Boucher, Leighton, Leighton, Boucher, Boucher, Boucher, Bobrovsky.

Hop on and strap yourself in for the Goalie-Go-Round as the Philadelphia Flyers take a spin around the pipes. Not amused? Neither are we in Philadelphia.

Saturday marked the fourth time in eight playoff games that a goaltender was pulled in a game for the Flyers. Everyone suspected the position would be a glaring question mark for the team, but not many could have foreseen it turning into the atrocity that it has become.

That isn’t to say that the goalies were the only ones to blame in the 7-3 loss to the Boston Bruins. The three days between the series seemed to have clouded the players’ minds and made them forget how to play defense. It was a completely different showing from their dominating performance in Game 7.

Head coach Peter Laviolette had this to say in his postgame interview:

“It wasn’t very good tonight – the defensive play, especially right in front of our goaltender. Too many easy goals, too many easy plays. We weren’t strong enough right in front of our goaltender. We come off one of our strongest performances in a while, come out and we don’t have a good game. That was not the way we need to play in order to be successful, so there’s lots of things that can change.”

Unlike past games, the starting goaltender, Brian Boucher, lasted into the second period. After Brad Marchand scored the fourth goal for the Bruins at 17:14 in the second, Boucher was yanked in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky, who hasn’t seen time in the net since the first period of Game 2 in the last round.

The burning question remains: Who will Laviolette turn to for Game 2?

Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards all scored for the Flyers. Richards’ tally pulled the Flyers to within two with seven minutes left in the game, but Marchand’s second tally of the night stemmed any hope of a comeback.

All but two Flyers were a negative in the game. Nikolay Zherdev and Claude Giroux were even in the game. Giroux, playing 20:45 of ice time, was able to notch 2 assists.

The defensive pairing of Matt Carle and Chris Pronger were a combined minus-6. Blair Betts and Darroll Powe also were combined minus-7 after being caught on the ice for 3 goals.

Need a bright spot or two from the game? The Bruins power play continues to be null and void. Actually, the power play is a -3.8 percent. Meanwhile, the Flyers power play has scored for the third consecutive game. Is it finally clicking with the return of Pronger?

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