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NHL Game Day Preview: Goalie Brian Boucher to start for Flyers in Game 3

Brian Boucher came on in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 2 and will start Game 3. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Brian Boucher came on in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 2 and will start Game 3. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AT BUFFALO SABRES

Game 1: 1-0 Sabres

Game 2: 5-4 Flyers

Game 3: 7:00 Monday

Notes: Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on seven first period shots in Game 2… Brian Boucher came on in relief in Game 2 and stopped 20 of 21 shots… Boucher will start Game 3… Andreas Nodl is expected to be replaced by Nik Zherdev… Jeff Carter and Mike Richards have 12 shots between them, but no points in this series… Buffalo went 2-for-8 and Philadelphia went 1-for-10 in Game 2 power plays… The Flyers power play is 6-for-56 in its past 16 games… Scott Hartnell and Paul Gaustad fought in Game 2… the two teams combined for 50 penalty minutes in Game 2… Andrej Sekera returned to the lineup in Game 2 after missing three with an upper-body injury and logged 11:15 of ice with a minus-1 rating… Jordan Leopold has beenout since March 25 with a hand injury, but may return to the lineup for Game 3… Chris Pronger is not expected to return to Game 3… A report in Philadelphia surfaced Pronger had broken a second bone in his hand, though GM Paul Holmgren denied it.

Quote worthy: "Eleven minors is way too many. It takes guys out of the flow. You have a guy like Thomas Vanek sitting on the bench for that long.” – Buffalo defenseman Chris Butler on the team’s penalty problems.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)
1. Claude Giroux (3)
2. Ryan Miller (3)
3. Brian Boucher/Patrick Kaleta (2)

What they’re saying in Philadelphia: Brian Boucher gets the start and Andreas Nodl is out of the lineup for Game 3?

What they’re saying in Buffalo: In the Buffalo News, Mike Harrington writes that the Sabres need to play more disciplined to make sure their scorers get enough ice time.

Poll: Who will win Game 3?

BOSTON BRUINS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS

Game 1: 2-0 Canadiens

Game 2: 3-1 Canadiens

Game 3: 7:30 Monay

Notes: The Bruins have never come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win a series… Boston was 0-2-1 in Montreal this season… Top-liner Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci are a combined minus-6 with no points… Boston’s defense has 26 turnovers in the series to Montreal’s six… In Game 1 Brian Gionta opened the scoring 2:44 into the game; in Game 2 Mike Cammalleri opened it just 43 seconds in and Mathieu Darche made it 2-0 at the 2:20 mark… The Bruins have lost six straight playoff games… Boston had the fourth-best fifth-best offense in the regular season, but is worst in the playoffs at an average of just .50 goals per game… Zdeno Chara (dehydration) missed Game 2 and is still battling with the illness, but is expected to return in Game 3… Carey Price has a .985 SP in this series so far.

Quote worthy: “We’re a good road team, so hopefully we can go up there and play a simple road game and do the right things. Get some things going and maybe some of the tension will get released from some guys and we’ll start playing our game. When we play our game we’re effective; when we play like this, it makes Montreal effective.” – Boston veteran Mark Recchi.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Carey Price (5)
2. Mike Cammalleri (3)
3. Brian Gionta (2)

What they’re saying in Boston: Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald writes the Bruins are running out of time to figure it out.

What they’re saying in Montreal: Pat Hockey of the Montreal Gazette writes the Habs are now the favorites to take this series.

Poll: Who will win Game 3?

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Game 1: 3-0 Penguins

Game 2: 5-1 Lightning

Game 3: 7:30 Monday

Notes: The Lightning were shutout in Game 1, but scored three goals in the first period of Game 2… Steven Stamkos doesn’t yet have a point… The Pens power play is 0-for-13 this series… Tampa was 2-for-6 with the man advantage in Game 2… Dwayne Roloson’s .960 SP is third-best in the playoffs behind Carey Price and Jonathan Quick… Aaron Arron Asham and Brooks Orpik are the only Pens with more than one point… Pittsburgh is 9-1 in Game 3s since 2008… Sidney Crosby did not practice with the Pens Monday, marking the first time he missed consecutive skates since he was cleared for non-contact drills March 30.

Quote worthy: "I'm not looking to score goals or put points on the board. It's more playing a defensive game and making sure I shut down those top guys on the other side." – Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Marc-Andre Fleury (3)
2. Eric Brewer (3)
3. Dwayne Roloson/Martin St-Louis (2)

What they’re saying in Pittsburgh: Erik Erlendsson writes Tampa’s Vincent Lecavalier has rediscovered himself as a game-changer, which will impact this series.

What they’re saying in Tampa Bay: Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times writes that defenseman Eric Brewer is still feeling the effects of a past injury, even though he’s been the team’s best defender.

Poll: Who will win Game 3?

DETROIT RED WINGS AT PHOENIX COYOTES

Game 1: 4-2 Red Wings

Game 2: 4-3 Red Wings

Game 3: 10:30 Monday

Notes: Thanks to a four-point effort in Game 2, Pavel Datsyuk is tied for the league scoring lead with five points… Datsyuk’s Game 2 effort was the first time he scored four points in a playoff game… The Wings won Game 2 4-3, but had a 4-0 lead… Shane Doan led the Coyotes with 20 goals in the regular season; he has six points in his past five playoff games… Shane Doan hit Johan Franzen into the end boards in Game 2, causing the Red Wing to go down face first, though he did return… Doan and Franzen had good physical battles throughout Game 2 as should be watched in Game 3… Henrik Zetterberg is not expected to return in Game 3… Ilya Bryzgalov has an .881 SP and 4.09 4.10 GAA… Brad Stuart is the only Red Wings skater without a shot… The Coyotes scored three power play goals in Game 2 after going 0-for-6 in Game 1… The Wings have won 55 straight playoff games when they’ve scored at least four goals.

Quote worthy: "I am maybe trying to do too much. It was a stupid thing. It worked, though. I go one-on-one, sometimes I like to use it sometimes between the legs. Maybe next time, I try more easy way to score." – Pavel Datsyuk on his between-the-legs assist from Game 2.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Pavel Datsyuk (6)
2. Jimmy Howard (3)
3. Shane Doan (2)

What they’re saying in Detroit: Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News writes about the Wings’ mixture of youth and veterans.

What they’re saying on Phoenix: Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic writes that before the Coyotes can think of winning this series, they all have to show up with a tremendous effort in Game 3.

Poll: Who will win Game 3?

 

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