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Flyers C Danny Briere

Flyers C Danny Briere

November 21 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Two nights after a frenetic game that had more goals than a company’s annual “improve-the-workplace” meeting, the Flyers tried to regroup Saturday night against Washington.

Which is just what they did.

Danny Briere, atoning for a late penalty, scored the winning goal in the shoot-out, and goalie Brian Boucher did not allow a goal on any of the three shoot-out shots he faced as the Flyers outlasted the powerful Capitals, 5-4, in a wildly entertaining game at an electric Verizon Center.

In the shoot-out, Boucher stopped Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin before Alexander Semin fired the last shot off the left post and crossbar.

Boucher’s glove save on Ovechkin was perhaps his best of the night.

“He came up big; he answered the bell,” coach Peter Laviolette said.

It was Boucher’s first start since Oct. 25, and followed the Flyers‘ 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday, when he relieved rookie starter Sergei Bobrovsky.

“It feels nice. When you don’t play, it’s hard to feel a part of it,” Boucher said after the Flyers‘ first shoot-out since he beat the Rangers in the final game of the 2009-10 regular season to push his team into the playoffs. “When you get a chance to have a win and get a good start – aside from the end there, when it got a little hairy – I thought it was a pretty solid game.”

He called the shoot-out “man vs. man, and obviously I was able to do it, so it feels nice. It feels good to contribute.”

Andreas Nodl snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring on a spin-around backhander from in front with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in regulation, giving the Flyers a 4-3 lead.

James van Riemsdyk, from behind the net, hit Nodl with the pass, and the winger put his shot through the legs of Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.

But with Briere in the penalty box for high sticking, Washington scored its third power-play goal in the final 8:57 of regulation. Firing from the right circle, Eric Fehr beat Boucher to the short side, tying the score, 4-4, with 38.8 seconds left.

The Flyers seemed in control as they took a 3-1 lead into the final nine minutes.

And then . . .

Power-play goals 28 seconds apart by Backstrom and Jason Chimera tied the score at 3-3 as the Caps took advantage of penalties against Kimmo Timonen and Mike Richards. Chimeras’ goal made it 3-3 with 8:29 left.”

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