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Boucher shines in relief for Flyers

By Jeremy Sandler - Special to NHL.com

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Boucher shines in relief for Flyers
Flyers goalie Brian Boucher wasn't supposed to be between the pipes in Game 6, but ended up the hero in the OT win.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher wasn't between the pipes when the puck dropped for Game 6 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Buffalo Sabres, but the veteran stopped 24 of 25 shots and helped his club rally from a 3-1 deficit en route to a 5-4 overtime victory at HSBC Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Boucher, who was named the starter for Tuesday's Game 7 at the Wells Fargo Center, spoke with the media after the win.

Q: Was that game satisfying?

Boucher: We're here … I think it is. I think you're excited to live another day. We came here with a goal of trying to win a game to try to get it back to Philadelphia and we've done it, so it's pretty exciting.

Q: Were you disappointed when you initially found out you wouldn't be starting?

Boucher: Absolutely. I wanted to get the start. I felt like it's been a pretty good series aside from three minutes, for myself, but that was the decision that was made and you have to stay ready and I was able to get back in there and fortunately it worked out.

Q: How tough was it to stay focused?

Boucher: It's the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You think about your team needing you if that's the case, and we're all in it together and that's what kept me motivated.

Q: You said after last game that you wanted redemption. With your performance here, was that it?

Boucher: Maybe a bit, (but) the job isn't done. We want to win this series. Obviously that'd be the nice icing on the cake to get to the next round, but I guess from a personal standpoint, yeah, it feels good to have gotten back in there and I make wrong right, I guess.

Q: Do you think this swings the momentum to your side?

Boucher: I don't know, it's another one-goal game, it's hard to say. I think at times during the games in this series, there's been momentum. When we were down 3-0 and came back 3-3 in Game 5 and tonight down 3-1 and came back 3-3, maybe there's momentum. But I think once the game is over, momentum stops and you've got to start all over.
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