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Injured Flyers G Boucher hopeful of return against Blackhawks in Cup final

PHILADELPHIA – Flyers goalie Brian Boucher has returned to practice after suffering a knee injury and hopes he can back up Michael Leighton in the Stanley Cup final.

Boucher was Philadelphia’s post-season starter until he sprained a ligament in his left knee in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Leighton took over and had three shutouts in the East final to lead the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup final in 13 years.

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Boucher was expected to miss the rest of the post-season. Boucher said after Wednesday’s practice there were no setbacks in his rehabilitation. He wants to be in uniform for Saturday’s Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boucher is 6-4 in the playoffs this year with a 2.33 goals-against average.