Equipment malfunction timely for Boucher

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

BUFFALO - The big saves were one thing, but a timely equipment malfunction might have been even bigger for Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.

With his team sucking wind while killing a two-man advantage for a minute and 15 seconds in the third period Monday night, Boucher suddenly flipped up his goalie mask to get the referee’s attention that a strap had broken.

“I think (it gave his team a breather) but it wasn’t intentional,” said Boucher, who went to the Flyers bench to have it repaired. “The strap broke. The ref said I did the right thing.”

The wound up fans in the building certainly didn’t share the opinion, but the break for the Flyers PK unit was just enough to helf them survive the Sabres surge.

“Bouche made us the big saves tonight when we needed him to,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said of the crucial penalty kill. “It was good work by our defence which blocked a couple of shots and took about 15 seconds off the clock.”


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