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Boucher makes sure Flyers live to see another day

by Dan Rosen
PHILADELPHIA -- Once again, Brian Boucher was faced with a situation where he had to be perfect. It was overtime in Game 4 on Friday night, and the Flyers goalie knew if he made one mistake the season was over.

He had the same thing happen to him April 11 right here at Wachovia Center against the New York Rangers. It was the final day of the regular season and the Flyers had to win to get into the playoffs.

Boucher made 24 saves and then stopped Olli Jokinen in the shootout to send his team to the dance. Friday night, he came up with 33 stops, including nine in overtime to give the Flyers and Simon Gagne a chance to stave off elimination with a 5-4 win.

Here is a snippet of what Boucher had to say about it:

What was the mindset going into tonight's game?

Boucher: We had nothing to lose tonight, really to be honest with you. We were down 3-0 and there wasn't too much pressure on us. We felt pretty good coming in. We were happy to get (Gagne) back and we said, “Hey, let's empty the tank and put the ball back in their court.” Now our goal is to get it back here for Game 6.

Q: How do you approach the series now?

Boucher: Look, we're going to take it one at a time. I know it's a cliché but our focus is Game 5 and our goal is to get it back here for Game 6. If we do that I think we have momentum on our side and who knows from there. We had a great first round in a series that I'm not sure many people thought we could do it, but we thought we could. Look, who knows, crazier things have happened. We said we wanted to take it one at a time and like I said, our goal is to have a road win and get it back here for Game 6.

Q: How does the adversity you faced during the season help you now in your current situation?

When you go through adversity you see what you got as far as character in the room and what guys are made of. We had to go through a tough stretch there at the end of the year, and we stuck together and we battled through.

Q: It seems like you just love playing in overtime.

Boucher: Yeah, I mean, it's fun. Obviously it's fun when you win them, but when you're a kid that's the scenario every time. It's overtime and next goal wins, although when you're a kid you probably dispute every goal that goes in against you. But when you're a kid that's what you'd dream about. It's a fun situation. You just buckle down and hope your team scores for you.

Q: How does this team keep fighting back?

Boucher: We feel like we haven't had many breaks in this series up until this point. Did we play our best hockey? No. Did we deserve to be down 3-0? I don't think so. We could have been down 2-1 or with a break here and there up 2-1. Who knows? The mindset we had is, “Look, we feel if we win a game here we can give ourselves a chance.” I know it was kind of ugly at times, but we did it. Now hopefully we can keep tugging away here and get it back for Game 6.

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