Laviolette not committing to Boucher

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Answer this for us, Peter Laviolette.

What about Bob?

Inquiring minds want to know if he’ll be your starting goalie when your Philadelphia Flyers take to the ice at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena on Monday night for Game 3 of this best-of-seven first-round series, one that is deadlocked at a game apiece.

Bob, of course, is Flyers rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was yanked in the first period of the Flyers’ 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday after allowing three goals on just seven shots.

With the rabid Wells Fargo Center crowd screaming “Bouch,” he was replaced by veteran Brian Boucher, who allowed just one goal the rest of the way.

So, who will it be? The Veteran or The Kid?

“We don’t have a No. 1 goalie,” Laviolette replied, stickhandling around the question. “I don’t comment on goalies.

“There was a lot of emotion in the building early on. (Boucher) brought some calmness to our team at a time when we needed it. He’s done that for us before.

“I’ll say this about Bob: he’s had some games where he didn’t perform the way he would like and he’s always rebounded strong.”

Maybe Laviolette doesn’t want to reveal to the world what is goaltending plans are. That’s his choice.

But by taking that stance, he is only adding fuel to this bubbling goaltending controversy.

Then again, this is Philly, where question marks about goaltending are as common as gooey cheesesteaks.

Stay tuned.


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