NHL Playoffs 2011: Why Sergei Bobrovsky Deserves to Be Starting for the Flyers

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIMay 4, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Sergei Bobrovsky #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends the net against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 7-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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I have three rules which I live by: never leave a drink unattended; do not partake in a ground war with China; DO NOT MESS WITH RUSSIANS

Call it karma or pure coincidence, but since the decision was made to start Brian Boucher over Sergei Bobrovsky against the Boston Bruins, Boosh hasn't played up to his "starter" tag. 

In the series with Boston, Boucher has a .849 save percentage and let in some of the softest and most Leighton-esque goals I've ever witnessed. The patented Boosh "head drop" after letting in a softie is extremely annoying as well.  

I'm not a Bobrovsky groupie or anything, but I do see the talents Bobrovsky has that Boucher most certainly does not possess. Bob's quickness in the crease is much needed since Boston has a knack of scoring off dirty rebounds.

In Monday night's game two against the Bruins, Boosh left the game with a "malfunction" and Bobs was phenomenal in his short relief stint.

I realize Peter Laviolette is trying to establish consistency in net by continuing to start Boucher, but that plan only works when you consistently start the right goaltender.

And folks, that "right goaltender" is Sergei Bobrovsky. There's a reason why Boosh is a career backup.