Goalie Brian Boucher came up with a big effort to key the
Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff push.
Boucher made 23 saves to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0
victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Boucher was solid in earning the 17th shutout of his career and
100th win of his career, diving across his crease late in the third
period to keep a rolling puck out of the net.
“It’s nice to see him play well and nice to see him get his
100th, especially in this big a game,” Flyers defenseman Chris
Claude Giroux scored on a first-period power play and Mike
Richards scored an empty-net goal for Philadelphia (40-34-6), which
passed Boston and moved into seventh place in the Eastern
Conference with 86 points.
J.S. Giguere made 21 saves for the Maple Leafs, who finish the
season with road games in New York and Montreal.
Giroux gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 10:59 of the first period,
just six seconds after Mikhail Grabovski had been sent off for
roughing. The 22-year-old took a nice pass from Danny Briere and
beat Giguere for his 16th goal of the season.
Toronto had several opportunities to tie it, but was undone by
its power play once again. The Leafs squandered six opportunities
with a man advantage to run their power-play drought to 30 without
“Our power play has been god awful a good part of the season,”
Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “We’ve got to find people who are
going to do some of the grunt work like having (tough guy) Colton
Orr on the last power play. It was the only power play where we had
sustained pressure because he won some battles and retrieved some
The building was half empty when the final buzzer sounded – the
final NHL game played in the city this season. The young Leafs
might have shown signs of promise during a nice run in March, but
there weren’t many signs of anticipation from a fan base about to
enter a sixth straight spring without playoff hockey.
It’s something the players understand.
“I would be frustrated if I would be them for sure,” Giguere
said. “You pay your ticket, (it’s) very expensive and there’s not
much to show for it. I think people have to hopefully keep in mind
the last little while here. Since March 3rd, we’ve been playing
really well, I think there’s a lot of hope in this dressing room, a
lot of good young guys with lots of talent.
“There’s something to be enthusiastic about so hopefully we’re
not going to disappoint the fans next year.”
The team feels it’s already got a head start on next season with
some good play since the Olympic break.
“I think we’ve taken a step in the right direction in the sense
of getting younger and faster,” Wilson said. “There’s still lots
of things we have to address. When this group comes back, we’ve got
to dig in and play harder in certain areas – certainly in front of
the other team’s net.”
Notes: Brayden Irwin, Jamie Lundmark and Jeff Finger were
scratched for the Maple Leafs. … Oskars Batulis, Jeff Carter,
Riley Cote and Johan Backlund didn’t play for Philadelphia. …
Toronto was 7-4-1 on home ice after the Olympic break.