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Flyers recall Duchesne to back up Boucher

by John McGourty
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers recalled goalie Jeremy Duchesne from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms for Thursday's game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Duchesne will serve as backup to starter Brian Boucher, a team official said. He is one of six goalies to dress this season for the Flyers. Ray Emery started the season as the No. 1 goalie with Boucher as his backup. The Flyers claimed Michael Leighton off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 15. The Flyers have also dressed Johan Backlund, Carter Hutton and Duchesne.

Emery (16-11-1) has undergone abdominal and hip surgeries and is out for the season. Leighton (16-5-2) suffered a high ankle sprain on March 16 and will miss 8-to-10 weeks.

Backlund, who was called up from Adirondack on March 24, reinjured his groin on March 27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, leaving after two periods. Boucher (6-15-3) finished that game. Boucher started Sunday and won 5-1 against the New Jersey Devils in Philadelphia.

Hutton served as Boucher's backup against the Devils. Hutton, who played for UMass-Lowell until earlier this month, was limited to one game under the terms of his emergency callup.

The Flyers had hoped Backlund (0-1-0) would be available for the Islanders' game.

This is the third time the Flyers have called up Duchesne to serve as a backup goalie since March 17. He has yet to play for the Flyers although he dressed for games against Dallas, Atlanta (twice) and Ottawa.

In four Phantoms games this season, Duchesne is 1-3-0 with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. He went 9-4-3-2 with a 3.20 GAA and .904 save percentage earlier this season for the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
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