Leighton or Boucher in Game 6by Eric Schwartz
Michael Leighton or Brian Boucher?
That is the question swirling around Philadelphia today as the Flyers prepare for a must-win Game 6 on Wednesday.
Both goalies struggled in Sunday’s 7-4 loss against Chicago, giving up three goals each. The seventh was scored on an empty netter.
Rich Hofmann details Laviolette’s decision here.
Laviolette knows who he will be starting but is keeping the rest of us in the dark. If the players know, they’re not talking either.
The truth of the matter is that regardless of which goalie is between the pipes, for the Flyers to survive the defense must be much better than it was in Game 5. The Flyers showed they could score and nearly had about four more goals on the board. The problem was each time they tried to claw back there was another breakdown and another Blackhawks goal.
The good news for the Flyers is that they return home for Game 6, where they are 9-1 this postseason. You know the Wachovia Center will rocking, even more so then in Game 4 when it sounded like the roof was going to blow off.
Back to the goalie situation, I think they team has to stick with Leighton. As tempting as it would be to go with Boucher, especially at home where he feeds of the crowd, this is Leighton’s series to win or loose. He went the first five games, he needs to be the guy for the final two — yes there will be two.
If you were Laviolette what would you do?