After total domination in Game 5, the Flyers look to even it up at what promises to be a raucous Wachovia Center tonight.
The Flyers came into the TD Garden on Monday night on the brink of elimination yet again, and emerged victorious with a score of 4-0 thanks to a couple goals from Simon Gagne, and some great support from Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino who each notched a goal in the win. Of course, since the way the season has gone; we had some injuries as well. Boosh went down with a bad knee sprain and Michael Leighton on his first day of resuming back-up duties stepped in and combined for the shutout. Giroux was boarded also and sat out for pretty much the rest of the game, but he will be back tonight.
Michael Leighton got a second chance this year when he won the starting job after Boosh got hurt and did excellent before spraining his ankle at Nashville in a game during the month of March. He arguably got us into playoff contention after being at the bottom of the league, and now he gets another shot at it; this time in the playoffs. He will make his first playoff start tonight as he hopes to work for a win, a chance at a game 7, and hopefully a second look at his contract. Although he was a bit suspect on the shots he faced with his rebounds, his positioning was excellent on Monday as the Flyers locked down in their zone and limited the Boston opportunities.
No words can express how much thanks and love that us Flyers fans have for Brian Boucher and all he has done this season. He was heavily criticized during the end of the season as not being capable of winning a playoff series or games for that matter, and kept the Flyers in their final game of the season before making the last save on Jokinen in the shootout to clinch a playoff berth. He was absolutely fantastic in round 1 against the Devils, and still played well in this series with the Bruins although he only won two games and lost three. Tonight I’m sure the guys are going to be playing their hearts out yet again and will be doing all they can to make sure Boosh did not go down in vain.
Another storyline emerging from the past few days was the dirty and undisciplined play by Boston on Monday. They got too aggressive on some plays (Giroux getting checked from behind) and Savard and Lucic even jumped Mike Richards after Richie dispatched him into the boards. I’m all up for standing up for yourself, but to be a gutless coward and jump the other team’s captain with another player and make him bleed with cross-checks to the mouth, that’s unacceptable. I hope we beat them with style and class tonight and send this series to a Game 7. Wish to God that I could attend tonight’s game, but being a college student has it’s financial setbacks.
If Leighton can stop the shots he has to, if our role players like Hartnell and Leino can chip in on offense and Simon Gagne can remain hot… If our defense can shut them down like we did the other night… it will go back to Boston.
So excited for tonight’s game, should be a great one.