Peter Laviolette is faced with a tough decision between not two but
three goalies for tomorrow's win-or-go-home game 6 in Buffalo. The team
has somehow managed to play three different guys in five games, with no
injuries factoring into the decision making. Sergei Bobrovsky was on a
tiny leash, being shown the bench and ultimately the press box less than
four periods into the postseason. Brian Boucher relieved him and held
up for a 2.5 games before he too was shown the bench, this time in favor
of last season's playoff hero-turned-goat, Michael Leighton. Leights
didn't see much action early—just seven shots over the final four
minutes of the first period and all of the second. He turned aside all
11 he saw in the third, but gave up a big rebound that factored heavily
into the Sabres' OT winner.
At this point, which guy do you have the most confidence in for getting a W in game 6? The least?
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.