How unlike the Philadelphia Flyers to have a goalie controversy in the playoffs.
With rookie Sergei Bobrovsky struggling a bit in their series with the Buffalo Sabres, coach Peter Laviolette is going with veteran Brian Boucher as his starter in Game 3 tonight in Buffalo.
And Bobrovsky? He apparently won't even be backing up.
It seemed for a while that the Anaheim Ducks were going to be the first team with three goalies to play in the postseason, but the Flyers are the new challengers, with last season's playoff hero in Michael Leighton coming in as the likely No. 2 and Bobrovsky heading up to the press box.
Leighton spent almost the entire season in the AHL after clearing waivers early in the year and played quite well with the Adirondack Phantoms. That he could be a factor in the playoffs again is pretty remarkable.
And another sign the Flyers' 14-year search for a clear answer in goal continues.
Then again, Philadelphia made a run to the finals last year using a Boucher-Leighton tandem, so perhaps it's not as wacky a shift as it seems after starting "Bob" in the vast majority of the games (52) this season.
For a franchise that has had so many good regular seasons go up in flames in the playoffs with so many different bodies in goal, however, it does raise a few eyebrows to put the rookie in a suit in the press box after one bad performance.
Here's a look back at who's manned the crease in the playoffs for Philadelphia since the Ron Hextall years:
2010: Leighton/Boucher 2009: Martin Biron 2008: Martin Biron 2007: no playoffs 2006: Robert Esche 2004: Robert Esche 2003: Roman Cechmanek 2002: Roman Cechmanek 2001: Roman Cechmanek 2000: Boucher 1999: John Vanbiesbrouck 1998: Sean Burke 1997: Garth Snow/Hextall
A pretty incredible run of mediocrity in goal. I remember chatting with Boucher about the situation near the end of the 2009-10 season, asking what he thought about the organization being a noted "goalie graveyard."
"If it's a graveyard, I mean, I'm back. I'm still alive, I guess," Boucher said, laughing. "The second go-around. But you know what, they haven't won and when you don't win, they're always looking for answers. And I guess the easy guy to point out is the goaltender. That's just the nature of the job."
Bobrovsky's finding that out.
Also of note for tonight: The Flyers are again going to be without Chris Pronger on the blueline.