December 10 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“After their worst third-period home collapse in 23 years, the Flyers were happy to have a quick chance to redeem themselves Thursday.
And that’s just what they did.
Danny Briere scored two goals, and backup goalie Brian Boucher was outstanding as the Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, at the Air Canada Centre.
Briere collected three points, while defenseman Andrej Meszaros added two assists and five blocked shots.
“It’s a little bit of redemption,” said Briere, who now has 16 goals, placing him fifth in the NHL. “We wanted to shut the game down and not give them too much, and I thought we did a much better job tonight.”
Boucher (31 saves) is giving the Flyers‘ brass a difficult decision on who will be the No. 2 goalie behind Sergei Bobrovsky when Michael Leighton returns from his AHL rehab stint. The Flyers may go with three goalies for a while.
“I thought he completely controlled the game and was probably the best player on the ice,” coach Peter Laviolette said after Boucher lowered his goals-against average to 2.40.
Ville Leino and Chris Pronger also scored for the Flyers, who have picked up points in nine of their last 10 games (6-1-3).
Wednesday’s 5-4, shoot-out loss to San Jose was the first time since 1987 that the Flyers had lost a regular-season home game after blowing a three-goal, third-period lead.
Playing Thursday suited Laviolette.
“Get back to work; that’s the best thing you can do,” Laviolette said before the game. “We’ll get back out there and try to right our wrong. . . . You lose a game like that, and it just leaves a bad taste – and you can utilize that to your advantage.”
Boucher made a handful of key early saves – the best was on Colby Armstrong from point-blank range – and Leino (power play) and Pronger scored first-period goals as the Flyers built a 2-0 lead.”
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