Boucher to back up Leighton

Updated: May 29, 2010, 4:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher is available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Boucher had missed seven straight playoff games with injuries to both knees after leaving Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals May 10 against Boston.

Boucher suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee when two players fell on top of him during a battle in front of the net. The right knee also was injured, but to a lesser extent.

He will back up Michael Leighton, who has been stellar in coming in for Boucher.

Boucher had played the first 10 games of the playoffs, going 6-4 with a 2.33 goals-against average.

"It feels good, so I'm excited to be back," Boucher said Friday. "It hurt quite a bit, and thankfully it healed up quickly."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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