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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.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Make no mistake: The Flyers were under immense stress entering Game 3 of their first-round playoff series in Buffalo. And it showed in many ways at the morning skate.

But then a fountain of calm came flowing from a familar source: Brian Boucher.

It wasn't so much that Boucher made 35 saves, many impressive --- but how he made them that mattered. He stood tall. He played with confidence. He limited rebounds. He even found a convenient moment at which to claim his mask needed adjustment, buying a breather for his defensemen.

The Flyers won, 4-2, and have regained the home-ice edge in the series. But it will be interesting to chart their moods at practice Wednesday. Best guess: A more lively atmosphere.

That's what happens when some pressure is released.

Don't forget to check out my column Tuesday in the Daily Times and on


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