Entering a pivotal Game 3 on Buffalo ice, Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette was faced with a difficult decision. Would he give his starter, Sergei Bobrovsky, the nod after a rough stretch in Game 2, or would he ride the hot hand and opt for Brian Boucher?
Laviolette elected to start Boucher, and the netminder answered the call nicely by stopping 35 of 37 shots on the night. With the score tied 1-1, Danny Briere lit the lamp early in the second to give Philadelphia a lead it would not relinquish in enemy territory.
The Sabres found life late in the second period, drawing within a goal on Nathan Gerbe's wrister. But this night belonged to the man in the crease, as Boucher held Buffalo scoreless in the third and Kimmo Timonen tallied an empty netter in the closing seconds as Philadelphia prevailed, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.