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09-17-2005, 09:26 AM
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Coyotes Boucher hurt in shootout...

From TSN:

9/17/2005
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP/TSN.ca) - "The Great One" was watching from above in his first game as a National Hockey League coach on Friday night. What he saw was a 3-2 victory for the Phoenix Coyotes dampened by an injury to starting goalie Brian Boucher after the game was over.

Each exhibition game is followed by a one-on-one shootout to show fans what will be done in tie games under the new system. On the first attempt by the Wild, Boucher injured his right groin moving to block Peter Olvecky's shot and had to be helped from the ice. The severity of the injury wasn't known, but it didn't look good.

"I don't even know what to say. I've never seen anything like that," Gretzky said. "The guy played really well, was maybe our best player in the game, and to take an injury in that kind of scenario is just not good."


Article goes on to say that Boucher will not play aginst the Kings on Tuesday....

link: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp...79&hubName=nhl

When they announced last season that the AHL was going to the shootout, many of us thought a scenario like this was likely and a good reason NOT to do it....

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that's gotta suck considering the whole shootout portion during pre-season is merely meant as a "feature." that being said... Gretzky didn't have to use Boucher for the shootout.

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I'm thinking that the Kings will probably hold Garon out of the shootout exhibition tonight....

I gotta say, Gretzky using Boucher in the shootout exhibition isn't looking like a very good move this morning.....

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I'm thinking that the Kings will probably hold Garon out of the shootout exhibition tonight....

I gotta say, Gretzky using Boucher in the shootout exhibition isn't looking like a very good move this morning.....

Well he wasn't behind the bench last night, so who knows if he would of took Boucher out.

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Well he wasn't behind the bench last night, so who knows if he would of took Boucher out.
He was upstairs coaching and observing from above...I'm sure he was somewhat involved in the decision to use Boucher...He's what? The coach and an owner???

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i dont remember where i read it but i read that garon would most likely only be playing half of the game tonight.

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It was apparently a 3-2 regulation win, so, yeah, the shootout was unnecessary and there only because of Bettman's decision (which I think is a good one). I agree that playing Boucher in the shootout doesn't seem bright, especially since Phoenix had already won at that point, but perhaps the goalie that ends the game has to play the shootout; I don't know.

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Boucher's the backup, Joseph didnt even suit up.

Also I think its probably better to use a warmed-up goalie than send one straight in cold.

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