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08:28 AM ET 03.24 | Peter Laviolette may give Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky a chance to redeem himself Thursday against visiting Pittsburgh. Or will the coach opt for veteran goalie Brian Boucher? After Wednesday's practice in Voorhees, Laviolette said he had made a "tough" decision, but he wouldn't share it with reporters. Bobrovsky allowed three goals on nine shots and was yanked early in the second period of Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Washington, which moved to within a point of the first-place Flyers in the Eastern Conference. Boucher relieved Bobrovsky and was steady as the Flyers rallied to overcome a 3-0 deficit and briefly take a 4-3 lead. The Capitals scored late in regulation to tie it, then converted all three shots in the shootout.

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March 24, 2011  08:36 AM ET

so who are Flyers going with for the playoffs? an untested Bobrovsky, or veteran Boucher?

March 24, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Either goalie, either way...Go Pens!

March 24, 2011  08:54 AM ET

No offense to Flyer fans, but I am completely over hearing about their goalies. This is the league's 2nd best team, yet you'd think the roster only had 'tenders.

March 24, 2011  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Either goalie, either way...Go Pens!

Let's Go Pens!!

March 24, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No offense to Flyer fans, but I am completely over hearing about their goalies. This is the league's 2nd best team, yet you'd think the roster only had 'tenders.

Every Goalie has a clunker from time to time. Flyers are fine.

March 24, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Every Goalie has a clunker from time to time. Flyers are fine.

I don't think they are. Bouch stinks, let's be honest. OK, fine he is a solid back up. But you can't rely on him to win a cup. They have to hope Bob is the answer, the answer to the same question every year. I just don't understand why they don't get a good goalie.

March 24, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No offense to Flyer fans, but I am completely over hearing about their goalies. This is the league's 2nd best team, yet you'd think the roster only had 'tenders.

I've seen a few Flyers' fans say this was their Achilles' heel....who the heck knows. And in the playoffs, strange things tend to happen, especially to goalies

March 24, 2011  09:35 AM ET

I'd like to see Bob get the start tonight. He needs to put the Caps game behind him. In all honesty, there isn't a right way to go here. Bob seems to be the better goalie but has no playoff experience. Boucher is a good goalie but unlikely to take the team to the Cup. I think they have to stiffen up the D and hope for a playoffs out of Bob like Niemi had last year. The Flyers certainly have a solid defense so we will see.

March 24, 2011  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I just don't understand why they don't get a good goalie.

Gee, maybe cos they aren't a dime a dozen at the local 7-11? It's nice that you've gotten to watch Brodeur for so many years and there are a lot of teams that wish they had a goalie like that. Unfortunately, good goalies are hard to find. The Flyers know that better then most teams.

March 24, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

so who are Flyers going with for the playoffs? an untested Bobrovsky, or veteran Boucher?

both leave a whole heck of alot to be desired. The team's stacked, but there will always inevitably be a weakness.

They say you can't win without good goaltending, well, the Flyers get to put the old adage to the test in a few weeks. The Blackhawks managed to win last year with an unproven (and IMO not very good) goaltender....and Chris Osgood managed a pretty prolific career despite being an average at best goaltender...

March 24, 2011  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No offense to Flyer fans, but I am completely over hearing about their goalies. This is the league's 2nd best team, yet you'd think the roster only had 'tenders.

dude - it's the Flyers. When wasn't goaltending an issue (or a perceived one, anyway)? I would say since Hextal last took them to the finals.

March 24, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

both leave a whole heck of alot to be desired. The team's stacked, but there will always inevitably be a weakness. They say you can't win without good goaltending, well, the Flyers get to put the old adage to the test in a few weeks. The Blackhawks managed to win last year with an unproven (and IMO not very good) goaltender....and Chris Osgood managed a pretty prolific career despite being an average at best goaltender...

my thoughts exactly - about Osgood, and the Hawks..

I think the Flyers have as good a chance as anyone in the East ...Leighton got hot and carried them deep, so no reason Bob or Boucher (I would say Bob, tho) could not have the same success

March 24, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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dude - it's the Flyers. When wasn't goaltending an issue (or a perceived one, anyway)? I would say since Hextal last took them to the finals.

No doubt. I was just trying to say it'd be nice to hear about some Flyers skaters once in a while. They are one of the league's best, yet none of the skaters get any recognition these days, is all. Between Pronger's 50 injuries this season and the daily Flyer goalie updates, I'd just like a switch-up to a story about Richards having grown into a great captain and being up for the Messier Award or how Carter is this or Briere is that. Flyers goaltender threads have replaced the Forsberg/Sundin threads we all got so tired of.

March 24, 2011  10:05 AM ET

As usual, everyone is questioning Philly's goaltending. I keep hearing they should have made a trade before the deadline. Who??? Bobs and Bouch have played well all season. The team started getting a little too comfortable the last few weeks and it's obvious the two B's can't "carry" this team. Now the team is picking up their play and the tenders look weak. As a Flyer fan I can't fault Holmgren for not making a deal. Hopefully Bobs can get rid of the nerves and Bouch can return to the form he showed in last year's playoffs - he played great until he got hurt.

March 24, 2011  10:05 AM ET

Not to worry Flyer fans, you're playing the Pens tonight, remember? The game will be fast, intense and dirty. (Not necessarily in that order.) You guys always play your best against the Pens and I'll predict whoever starts will give up at most one goal.

March 24, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I just don't understand why they don't get a good goalie.

This year it probably had someting to do with the cap.

March 24, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

This year it probably had someting to do with the cap.

But I understand that Ray Emery was going for cheap. LOL

March 24, 2011  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

so who are Flyers going with for the playoffs? an untested Bobrovsky, or veteran Boucher?

Sorry, Flyers fans but, I'm not impresed with Boucher. He will not take you to the promised land. He's a good backup and that's it.

March 24, 2011  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

No doubt. I was just trying to say it'd be nice to hear about some Flyers skaters once in a while. They are one of the league's best, yet none of the skaters get any recognition these days, is all. Between Pronger's 50 injuries this season and the daily Flyer goalie updates, I'd just like a switch-up to a story about Richards having grown into a great captain and being up for the Messier Award or how Carter is this or Briere is that. Flyers goaltender threads have replaced the Forsberg/Sundin threads we all got so tired of.

What?? You want a positive story? You must be one of dem foreign Canadians I read about in the Pacioretty thread. ;)

 
March 24, 2011  10:49 AM ET

skip to :15 and watch one of the greatest saves of all time. If only he could still play like that.



Our goaltending is our achilles heel to be sure, but untested goalies and rookie goalies have won it all in the past. I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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