February 11 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“BRIAN BOUCHER admits he let his mind wander.
With his team holding a comfortable two-goal edge and just a little more than 8 minutes to play, Boucher could almost reach out and grab the Flyers’ first shutout of the season.
“Maybe it crossed my mind for a second,” Boucher said with a laugh.
And almost in that instant, the shutout vanished like a mirage in the Mojave desert. It took exactly 40 seconds for Danny Briere’s insurance goal to turn into the game-winning goal when Tuomo Ruutu slapped a weak rebound into the net.
“But I only had a second, because that’s when they scored,” Boucher said. “I don’t think I lost my concentration, but maybe somebody up in the press box jinxed me.”
Jinxed or not, the Flyers remain the only team in the NHL without a shutout this season – a feat that even the worst teams in the league have done, multiple times. By our count, that’s the eighth time the Flyers have skated into the third period this season with a shutout opportunity and failed to get one.
More importantly, the Flyers staved off the Hurricanes’ hunger to leave the Wells Fargo Center last night with at least one point and hung on for the 2-1 win, thanks to two power-play goals earlier in the third period.
“We look for the wins first,” Chris Pronger said.
Last night’s victory was the closest the Flyers have come to a shutout this season.
“I’m sure if you ask Brian, he doesn’t care about the shutouts,” Briere said. “It’s about getting the wins to keep climbing in the standings.”
The Flyers not only stopped their streak of three losses in games that follow 4 off days, but also improved their lead in the Eastern Conference to three points over Pittsburgh with 28 games to play.”
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