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Laviolette's choice about more than Game 3

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08:26 AM ET 04.18 | Most in a Philadelphia poll prefer starting Brian Boucher, but the veteran netminder tried to be objective in the case of Boucher vs. Sergei Bobrovsky. To say that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette had a lot on his plate when deciding his starter for tonight would be the understatement of the season so far. "He's trying to juggle [Sergei Bobrovsky's] psyche and how he's feeling," Boucher said. "And at the same time, he's trying to win a playoff series and move on so we can win the Stanley Cup." For Laviolette, Monday's decision is about much more than just a Game 3 starter. In his mind, Laviolette is juggling the fragile mind of a talented 22-year-old rookie who lasted just 12 minutes and 30 seconds in his second-ever start in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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April 18, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Doesn't matter. Buffalo takes the series regardless.

April 18, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Can't say I have followed this guy as religiously as a Flyers fan will have, but from what I have noticed, he seems to be somewhat streaky. I could see not wanting to wait out one of his slumps at this time of year, but how do you call it a slump after one game?

I say Bob gets the start and if he fumbles again, he's banished for the rest of the run.

April 18, 2011  08:45 AM ET

In his mind, Laviolette is juggling the fragile mind of a talented 22-year-old rookie.

And that's why yellow makes him sad.

Tissue, ya jackwagon?

April 18, 2011  08:53 AM ET

you can tell its the playoffs - goalie problems amuck in the city of brotherly love

I say Boucher goes until he falters, and Leighton is still up with the team, as I recall, to back up. Bob will have plenty of more years to shine.

April 18, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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In his mind, Laviolette is juggling the fragile mind of a talented 22-year-old rookie.And that's why yellow makes him sad. Tissue, ya jackwagon?

all time classic

April 18, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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all time classic

Agreed. Whoever pick Lee Emery for that ad had a stroke of genius.

April 18, 2011  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Agreed. Whoever pick Lee Emery for that ad had a stroke of genius.

Ed Zachary! He was excellent in "Full Metal Jacket" and if memory serves he was an actual Marine Corp drill instructor.

April 18, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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Ed Zachary! He was excellent in "Full Metal Jacket" and if memory serves he was an actual Marine Corp drill instructor.

Right on both counts.

April 18, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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Doesn't matter. Buffalo takes the series regardless.

Not gonna happen. We've already seen Buffalo's best. We haven't seen anything close to the Flyers' best yet.

They got their wake up call though. Flyers in six.

April 18, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

In his mind, Laviolette is juggling the fragile mind of a talented 22-year-old rookie.And that's why yellow makes him sad. Tissue, ya jackwagon?

best commercial in the last 10 years...maybe we should drive down to namby pamby land....
brilliant....

April 18, 2011  09:47 AM ET

Riddle me this...why does it all fall on the shoulders of the goaltenders? There are other players out there who may not be pulling their weight. Does anyone call them out....no.

Sorry, being a parent of two goalies and hearing some of the crap in the stands/lobby.outside of the rink.etc from other parents/coaches/players ****e$ me off. There are 5 other skaters out there you might think they'd wake up and realize that hey it's the playoffs and we have a rook in net. Better make sure our end is looked after first and then go from there.

April 18, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

best commercial in the last 10 years...maybe we should drive down to namby pamby land....brilliant....

It had to be done.



Funny ****.

April 18, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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It had to be done.Funny ****.

Still hasn't lost his edge from his Drill Instructor days. Damn he made Full Metal Jacket fun to watch.

April 18, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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Riddle me this...why does it all fall on the shoulders of the goaltenders? There are other players out there who may not be pulling their weight. Does anyone call them out....no.Sorry, being a parent of two goalies and hearing some of the crap in the stands/lobby.outside of the rink.etc from other parents/coaches/players ****e$ me off. There are 5 other skaters out there you might think they'd wake up and realize that hey it's the playoffs and we have a rook in net. Better make sure our end is looked after first and then go from there.

I agree with you 120%; they decided to put their finances towards the forwards and D, so goaltending has always been suspect, just like in Detroit, Chicago, San Jose (this year), teams gamble in order to get the best rounded roster. If they wanted a top tier goalie they would have to drop one or more of their impact forwards....so in the end it's a choice, it's a philosophy of that franchise and the fans have to live with that.

In game 1 they were shut out and lost 1-0...had they scored there would have been no problem. In game two the not so hot flyers goalie showed up, but the rest of the team did what they are supposed to, they racked up goals and won in a wild west shootout (thanks in large part to the best goal of the playoffs so far by Giroux).

If the Flyers are going to win they can't rely on goaltending, it's that simple.

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April 18, 2011  10:17 AM ET

He has to come back with Bobs - if he sits and is needed later in the series (which he most likely will, because Boucher will falter) he'll have even more pressure on him. For most of the season Bobs has played great following a poor outing. And let's not blame it all on goaltending - he got pulled after a 3 on 1 - his team isn't helping him much. And everyone is talking about how much they miss Pronger - he was out for a few games midseason and the team didn't miss a beat. I don't know why, but the TEAM hasn't played well for the last two months. The whole TEAM has to play better because Pronger and even Parent won't take this team to the Cup. Philly wins in 6, but unless they find their midseason form, they won't make it past round 2.

April 18, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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He has to come back with Bobs - if he sits and is needed later in the series (which he most likely will, because Boucher will falter) he'll have even more pressure on him. For most of the season Bobs has played great following a poor outing. And let's not blame it all on goaltending - he got pulled after a 3 on 1 - his team isn't helping him much. And everyone is talking about how much they miss Pronger - he was out for a few games midseason and the team didn't miss a beat. I don't know why, but the TEAM hasn't played well for the last two months. The whole TEAM has to play better because Pronger and even Parent won't take this team to the Cup. Philly wins in 6, but unless they find their midseason form, they won't make it past round 2.

That's pretty much it. Have to go back to Bob and the D has to play better in front of him. Of the three goals he let in, the third one was the only bad one. The Flyers have to come out and crash the Buffalo net and start hitting their forwards every chance they get. The Flyers are a bigger and better team, but if they don't play to their strengths they aren't getting far this year.

April 18, 2011  10:40 AM ET

And, a friend of mine from Buffalo told me over the weekend that the city of Buffalo has unofficially banned orange juice during the series :) I love it. Philly should "retaliate" and ban buffalo wings. :)

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April 18, 2011  11:19 AM ET

I think Bobrovsky will continue to be the starter in net....Boucher is solid as a backup, but sometimes falters when he's called on to start games....He's better in the relief situation....less pressure on him I guess...

As far as blaming Bob for losing games....Game 1 was Syvret's fault for losing coverage on his man to allow him to get that errant rebound....The defense has to be better....the turnovers have to be cut down....they have to keep Buffalo from getting to the net....and would someone PLEASE tell Jeff Carter - just because the puck is on your stick does NOT mean you HAVE to shoot it....no matter what off the wall angle you're on....

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