Bruins say Flyers' goalie switch won't affect them
Shawn P. Roarke
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins insist that Philadelphia's decision to switch goalies will have little effect on them as they try to close out the Flyers in Friday night's Game 4 at TD Garden.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced Friday afternoon that Sergei Bobrovsky would start Game 4. Brian Boucher started the first three games, but was replaced in each game. Wednesday night, he was pulled midway through the contest after allowing four goals on 20 shots.
"I think every team is prepared for anything right now," Boston coach Claude Julien said before Friday's game. "When you play the same team in a series, you pre-scout everybody and they do the same things to us. It doesn't really matter to us who they put in net. I think we are prepared for whatever scenario they throw at us."
So what is the scouting report for Bobrovsky in the eyes of the Bruins?
"I think he does a pretty good job of sealing the net," said forward Rich Peverley, who was robbed by Bobrovsky in the latter stages of Game 3. "He's pretty quick, pretty agile. If we get chances we're going to have him moving a bit and get the puck up. Obviously, he's a pretty talented goalie and has played really well this year. So, it's going to be no different than Brian Boucher."
The Bruins have not been fazed by the constant goalie shuffling at the other end of the ice throughout this series and they don't plan on starting now with a chance to put this series on ice.
"Obviously, that first series (against Montreal) was an emotional series," said Boston defenseman Andrew Ference. "This one, there has been no shortage of incentive for us to prove ourselves and do well. The first series was more emotional, where this series is more business-like. The guys are more focused. It's the most focused I've seen this group the whole year. It's been like that the whole week and I expect nothing less tonight."