2011 NHL Playoff Bracket: Philadelphia Flyers Plagued by Goaltending Questions
Philadelphia Flyers Plagued by Goaltending Questions in the 2011 NHL Playoff Bracket
The Philadelphia Flyers trail in their first-round series against the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.
Game 6 is in Buffalo and the Flyers look to steal a road win Sunday and even the series at three.
One of the biggest issues the Flyers are facing is the questions in net. The team has two starters who have played solid in Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton and the coach has a tough decision to make for Game 6.
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said to CSNPhilly:
For me, it will probably be a combination of everything. Certainly, where we’re at right now and how the playoffs have gone will factor into it more than how somebody played halfway through the year or beginning of the year or last year. I think it will be more current than anything.
Brian Boucher has been the most solid of all the goalies, but I was very disappointed with the Flyers organization when I saw Michael Leighton on the bench instead of rookie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bobrovsky played solid during the regular season and was the reason the Flyers were even in contention during the 1-0 Game 1 loss.
When Bobrovsky let in three quick goals in Game 2, the Flyers demoted him instead of giving him another chance.
When dealing with a rookie, a team has to be careful about shaking a players psyche. The Flyers handled this situation in the wrong manner, in my opinion.
Start Boucher, but let Bobrovsky back up. No Michael Leighton.
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