PHILADELPHIA — The best news to come out of the Bruins’ 7-3 win in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Flyers today might’ve come out of the postgame interview period.
After he was pulled for giving up five goals on 23 shots through the second period at the Wells Fargo Center, and was booed off the ice, Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher said he expects to get the start in Game 2 Monday.
“I do [expect to start Game 2]. It wasn’t a good afternoon all around for all of us,” he said. “We didn’t get any breaks and we certainly didn’t play all that well. At the same time, I don’t see the need for a change but we’ll see what happens.”
The Flyers might actually have no choice but to go back to Boucher. After all, rookie Sergei Bobrovsky did nothing to impress while allowing two goals on 10 shots over the 22:46 he was on the ice. He posted a 3.38 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in the first round.
Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t sound like a man who changed goaltenders mid-game — for the fourth time in eight playoff contests — because he was blaming his netminder.
“Certainly you don’t want to do that, but tonight I think that just based on the way we played in front of our goaltender, we as a team deserve all of the responsibility as far as that goes,” he said. “But, it certainly is not where you want to be.”
So, there’s the possibility the Bruins could see Boucher again when they take the ice for Game 2. Then it would be up to the Philly fans to decide whether to boo him or give him the usual “Boo” chant to pump him up.
The Bruins would certainly gain a boost in their confidence if given another opportunity to fire pucks at the veteran.
But Boucher, to his credit, took the blame and looked forward to brighter days ahead.
“I don’t think any of us played particularly well,” he said. “There were some plays where I was able to make the first save but not able to make the second one. I’d have to look at the video to see if I could’ve done anything about some of those rebounds. Sometimes it’s just the way it goes. Not to lay blame on anybody. As a goaltender I’m responsible for stopping the puck and when they get by me I take responsibility.
“So I’ll look at the video and see where we go from there. But it’s one game. I don’t think it’s anything to get too frustrated over from a team standpoint. It wasn’t our best effort and that’s just the way it goes.”