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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, April 22, 2011


And that would be three (3) of them --- three Flyers goaltenders in five playoff games, including Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton in a 4-3 overtime loss Friday to the Buffalo Sabres.

Does anything change around there? Ever?

To have that deep a forward roster, and so many able defensemen, and to consistently try to win in the playoffs with goaltender-by-feel is absurd.

Did the Flyers learn nothing last season, when they could have won a Stanley Cup, only to have to pull their starting goaltender out of two games in the finals?

Peter Laviolette was asked afterward who he would start in Game 6, Sunday in Buffalo.

"I'll sleep on that, and then probably give you nothing," he said, more humorously than rudely, adding, "business as usual."

Business ... as ... usual.


Check out my column Saturday on and in the Daily Times about the Flyers, some of their longstanding habits, and their decision to run a centerman out there in a pivotal playoff game who had never dressed for a regular-season NHL game.


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