What remains to be seen is whether Laviolette has the will to do something drastic and put untested goalie Johan Backlund in net.
Brian Boucher simply can’t give his team a lift, regardless of how bad things are in front of him. It’s largely not his fault. But he can’t seem to help them, either.
“Teams go through stretches where wins are hard to come by,” Boucher said. “Sometimes you got to scrape them out. We’re not going to go through an 82-game season without facing adversity, and I think this is the second stretch where we’ve had to face some adversity. Hopefully, we buckle down as a group and get stronger from this so when we get in these situations again we can get the job done.”
“We need to pick up the lack of scoring, we need to make the big saves, we need to buckle down on our penalty kill and score some goals on our power play,” said Scott Hartnell.
“You can blab your mouth all you want but if you’re not focused, getting on the body, moving your feet and making the plays, you’re not going to get wins and sooner or later it’s going to catch up to us.”
That wouldn't be the team I would give a rookie goalie for his NHL debut, but I guess it couldn't be much worse than Boucher at this point.
My over/under for goals allowed is 4 and I'll take the over.
Originally Posted by Hovercraft
Lets hope he pulls a Varlamov and comes in and does awesome
Except that Varly was a 1st round pick and played very well at the AHL level before being called up by Washington. It didn't hurt that the Caps were a much better team than the Flyers are right now either.
I guess we know what may have been said between Laviolette and Holmgren after last nights game during the animated discussion.
I dont have a problem with this at all. Yes its Pittsburgh, but this may be a wakeup call to everyone to pull their heads out of the *****.
Very upset. I was going to bet the pens and over large. Still will but would have rather had boucher as that was as close to a win as you can get. I understand what he is doing by this move, as they must feel they have nothing to lose. Just think boosh will be back next year as well lol. His good buddy shooter must receive money on the back end of some of these contracts he hands out. That is the only rational explanation.