Flyers G Boucher hopeful of return

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher has returned to practice after

suffering a knee injury and hopes he can back up Michael Leighton

in the Stanley Cup finals.

Boucher was Philadelphia’s postseason starter until he sprained

a ligament in his left knee in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference

semifinals. Leighton took over and had three shutouts in the East

finals to lead the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup finals in 13

years.

Boucher was expected to miss the rest of the postseason. Boucher

said after Wednesday’s practice there were no setbacks in his

rehabilitation. He wants to be in uniform for Saturday’s Game 1

against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boucher is 6-4 in the playoffs this year with a 2.33 goals

against average.