BOSTON — After losing the first three games of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bruins with Brian Boucher as their starting goaltender, the Flyers have decided to go with Sergei Bobrovsky at the outset tonight in Game 4.
Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette made the announcement about three hours before the 8 p.m. scheduled puck drop.
“Brian had come in and played really well. He came in and pinch hit for Bob early on and played really well for us,” said Laviolette in a TD Garden pregame press conference . “But we find ourselves down three [games] here and Bob has come off the bench a couple times and looked good. We are getting him back in there tonight.”
In fact, Bobrovsky has appeared in all three previous Bruins-Flyers games in this series. In five games this postseason, Bobrovsky has an 0-1 record with a 3.28 goals-against average. In this series, he has played 57 minutes and allowed three goals on 24 shots.
As for how he feels about his team’s chances in this series now that it’s down 0-3, Laviolette was focused on just tonight’s game and confident his club could force the series back to Philly.
“We didn’t try to get this point just so that we could try to climb out of it again,” said the coach. “We certainly wish we were in a different situation, a different scenario, but we are not. Our objective is to win one game. You listen around, everybody has written us off completely already.
“Our team has won a lot of hockey games. I don’t think it’s completely unimaginable for us to beat the Boston Bruins in one game. So that’s our objective. We just keep it simple. We have one game to play, we need to win it and we have a lot of confidence in our group that we can do it.”