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Flyers to give Boucher a second straight start

by Mike G. Morreale
PHILADELPHIA -- Goalie Brian Boucher will be making a second straight start on Monday when the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette admitted Boucher's fine performance in the team's 5-4 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, when he stopped 33 shots and denied all three Washington attempts in the shootout, was the reason. The Canadiens have won five of their last six games, including a 2-0 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
"Boosh had a really big win for us in Washington," Laviolette said. "I thought he was at his best in the first 10 minutes of the game when we left some holes defensively and he gave us an opportunity to hang around in that game until we got our legs under us. I really liked the way we played the second and third periods, but got into penalty trouble in the end. Boosh played a heck of a hockey game for us and has earned the opportunity to battle (against Montreal)."
The start for Boucher against the Capitals was only his fifth of the season and first since Oct. 25 -- a 2-1 loss to Columbus. He denied Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin in the shootout.
The Flyers and Canadiens are meeting for the second time in seven days. Montreal goalie Carey Price was named the game's first star in the earlier meeting after stopping 41 shots en route to a 3-0 victory in Montreal on Nov. 16 -- Price will be in net against the Flyers on Monday. That game also marked the last time Sergei Bobrovsky started and finished a game for the Flyers between the pipes as he made 25 saves in defeat.
"We have two good goaltenders and they both have had big wins and have played well," Laviolette said. "Bob was on a terrific streak for us and Boosh got back in there and did really well. So we have two good goalies and that's a good thing to have when you make choices -- but tonight Boosh goes back in."
For the season, Boucher is 2-3-1 with a 2.99 goals-against average and.884 save percentage. Bobrovsky, who is certainly looking like a candidate for the Calder Trophy this season, is 11-3-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .925 save percentage.
Despite the fact Boucher has a 1-6-0 career record against Montreal with a 2.81 GAA and .877 save percentage, Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri isn't surprised he's getting the start.
"Well, (Bobrovsky) has played a majority of the games this year anyway, so that's usually how things go," Cammalleri said. "I'm not surprised."
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