Updates: It’s Boosh’s Time

Remember 2000?  Well it’d be nice if 2010 felt like 2000 all over again.

Brian Boucher will get his first dose of exclusive time in between the Flyers pipes since that amazing run the Flyers enjoyed in the first year of the new millenium, as Boosh took them to within one win of playing for the Stanley Cup.  The reason for Boucher getting the time in goal is obviously because of the high ankle sprain that regular starter Michael Leighton sustained last night in Nashville.  Leighton flew back to Philadelphia today to have his ankle examined, while Boosh and the rest of the Flyers traveled on a chartered flight to Dallas to continue the remainder of their road trip.  In Leighton’s absence, minor league goaltender Jeremy Duchene has been tabbed to the Flyers roster as an emergency call-up.  Duchene has spent the majority of this season in goal for the Kamloomps Blazers of the ECHL, but has made two starts for the Adirondack Phantoms this season, going 1-1 in those two opportunities.  However, there’s a reason the term “Emergency” is slated next to his name: Duchene is not here to see any action; the Flyers are going forward with the assumption that Boucher will handle the load until either Leighton is healthy or the Flyers’ season comes to a close.

Boosh has the one job back that's avoided him for ten years

So what are the Flyers getting with their former star-turned back-up?  Truth is, after a numbers crunch, not much – on paper.

Boucher is 4-12 this season for the Flyers, having started 14 games and played in 20 total.  He is currently sporting a 2.77 Goals Against Average and an .899 save percentage.  His start Thursday night will be his first as a Flyer since a December 21 game against the Ottawa Senators.

Certainly, the facts don’t look promising for the Flyers newest starting goalie.  However, before panic sets in, take a moment to remember the Boosh we all know and love, the one who we entrusted ourself to in 2000, and remember that while he let in the first shot he saw last night, Boosh still stopped 24 of 25 shots in gameplay before losing control of a Martin Erat rebound in the shootout.  And, most of all, remember one thing: hockey, if no other sport, tends to have the “rise from the dead” story come to fruition more often than not.  I’m not saying Boosh will be that guy, but who knows?  Maybe Brian Boucher – our Boosh – is ready to party like it’s 2000.  I sure as hell hope so.
More on Boosh becoming the Flyers’ starter (for the time being), courtesy of Kevin Kurz’s “On The Fly” blog.  Check out that story, here.

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