As I speculated earlier this week, it sounds like there’s a good chance that Brian Boucher will be available to back up Michael Leighton. NHL.com reports that – while it’s not a guarantee – he should be the Philadelphia Flyers No. 2 goalie for Game 1.
Boucher, who was in agonizing pain after teammate Ryan Parent fell on his legs during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, practiced Friday at United Center on the eve of Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Boucher says nothing is official, but he’s “99 percent” sure he’ll be backing up Michael Leighton Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).
“Medically I’m ready to go,” Boucher said. “If it doesn’t happen it will be a coach’s decision, but I don’t anticipate that being the case.”
It’s surprising that Boucher is coming back so soon after spraining both his knees not that long ago. Then again, this is the time of year when players defy logic and medical science to fight through injuries.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.