Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher only separated a finger this time.
Boucher -- who was forced out of Game 5 of a second-round series against the Boston Bruins after he injured both knees a year ago --- missed the final nine minutes of the second period to repair a finger on his left (catching) hand. He returned for the third period and was in net when Boston’s David Krecji secured a 3-2 overtime victory.
At least in this instance Flyers coach Peter Laviolette -- who used three goalies in the first round -- wasn’t replacing a netminder to just shake things up. Boucher, who allowed two first-period goals as the Flyers relinquished a 2-0 lead, rebounded and finished with 32 saves on the night.
Even though it was widely reported by CSN Philadelphia and elsewhere that Boucher dislocated his finger, Laviolette told reporters that Boucher had “a malfunction.”
Well, I guess that sounds a little better than an upper-body injury, right?
-- A.J. Perez