-- This time around, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher
would not be denied a Game 7 victory.
As a 23-year-old rookie playing in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils
, Boucher turned aside 16 of 18 shots in a 2-1 loss against future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur
On Tuesday, it's quite possible Boucher earned his initial Game 7 victory against another future Hall of Famer in Buffalo Sabres
goalie Ryan Miller
. Despite playing a part in a curious three-goalie rotation with Sergei Bobrovsky
and Michael Leighton
in this series, the 34-year-old Boucher certainly saved his best for last in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
"In a Game 7, it goes either way," Boucher said. "It's not like we had a 3-1 series lead and wanted to finish them off. We came back in Game 6, which was nice. But today was a different game. We had to have a good start, which we did. Outshooting them 16-2 in the first was big and we kept going in the second, scored two more goals. We played with the lead today and kept it out of the net early on which was key."