Sergei Bobrovsky or Brian Boucher..Or neither!?
Since the All-Star break Bobrovsky has only won 5 of 13 starts and has not reached the second period in two of those starts. This is a guy who has been on fire all season long and now when it matters he is choking.
WHY NOW BOB WHY!?
Maybe like every other Russian he saw too much of his girlfriend during the All-Star break, he is going through a mental breakdown and missing the puck out of her. She must have shown him a stellar time during that break and it is still on his mind. Like all of us males, it happens. Better yet maybe she bribed him into coming back to Russia promising to deliver the goods every day and night.
Ok that may not be the issue at hand, actually it could be a little but highly doubt it.
Getting back on track…
What do the Flyers do in terms of their goaltending? Both Bobrovsky and Boucher have proven themselves all season long that is without a doubt, but in key games with valuable team setting goals at stake, they choke. Just last night both goaltenders allowed the Washington Capitals to reach within one point of the Flyers for the lead in the East. And to make matters worse, they have to now play the red hot Penguins Thursday night.
Who do they start for that pucking game?
Just like Laviolette does to Nikolai Zherdev and Andreas Nodl, it may be time to sit a goaltender a game or two. Lavoilette has no problem sitting players for games, why not sit a goalie, because it’s clear it’s needed.
The Flyers could put Leighton on waivers and hope he clears, but that may not be the smartest thing to do, considering any team could claim him.
So what is left? How about Johan Backlund?
Why not send a mental message to either goaltender saying, “Hey if you are not going to care enough down the stretch we can easily replace you”.
Backlund played in one NHL game going 0-1 with a .917 save percentage. Not too bad considering it was one game. But that’s not the point. The point is to sit a goaltender let’s say Bobrovksy. And have Boucher start, with Backlund backing up. I am sure that will get into Bob’s head and get him set straight.
We all know how hard Bob works every day, I am sure this move would get his mental mind set straight for the playoffs. And if it doesn’t, well then we all know the Flyers are just dealing with another has been goaltender.
Come one East leading Flyers, get the goaltending set straight once and for all!
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