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Flyers goalies can win Stanley Cup

Historical comparison reveals Flyers can win the Cup with Bobrovsky and Boucher

Updated: March 30, 2011, 1:54 PM ET
By Jonathan Willis | Hockey Prospectus
Brian Boucher/Sergei BobrovskyUS PresswireBrian Boucher Sergei Bobrovsky are good enough to lead the Flyers to a Cup win.

It seems like every season, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves faced with a kind of goaltending controversy. The question isn't, "should the backup be playing more because he's been so good," but rather, "are they seriously going to try and win with this tandem?"

Maybe it's force of habit that has so many people questioning whether the Flyers' tandem of Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher is good enough to sustain a lengthy playoff run. The debate reignited following a March 20 loss to the Washington Capitals in which Bobrovsky allowed three goals on just nine shots and the Capitals won 5-4 in the shootout. Showings such as that one have raised questions about the goalie's consistency, even with some stellar efforts in previous games.

The key question for Philadelphia this season is similar to the one posited above: are Bobrovsky and Boucher good enough to be relied on in the playoffs? Even allowing for the inherent uncertainty in any goaltender's playoff performance, I think the answer is clear: yes.


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