Brian Boucher to Start His First Game for the Flyers Against San Jose

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 23, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 08:  Brian Boucher #33 of the Philadelphia Flyers pauses during warmups prior to his game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wachovia Center on October 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher will make his first start in between the pipes against the San Jose Sharks, with whom he spent the previous two seasons.

Boucher, 32, had a miserable preseason leading up to tweaking his groin in a game against New Jersey, which forced him to start the season on injured reserved. After just three games, the Flyers activated him, though he hasn't appeared in a game yet.

In 22 games last year with San Jose, Boucher posted a 12-6-0 record with a 2.18 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Boosh did a fabulous job backing up the Sharks No. 1 netminder, Evgeni Nabokov.

Ray Emery will get his first game off after starting the first seven games for Philadelphia.

During today's practice, the Flyers had Simon Gagne playing with Claude Giroux and Ian Laperriere. Gagne has yet to tickle the twine this season, and the Orange 'n Black need him to get going.

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