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December 1 Philadelphia Daily News:
“The Flyers have loaned goalie Michael Leighton to Adirondack, their AHL affiliate, for a 6-day conditioning assignment.
Leighton has progressed steadily since first returning to practice on Nov. 10 after having surgery on Oct. 11 to repair a herniated disk in his lower back.
Under the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Flyers can send Leighton to the minors for a conditioning stint no longer than either 6 days or three games, since Leighton was on the long-term injured reserve list.
Leighton won’t have to travel far if he is to skate with the Phantoms this weekend, since they will be in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night before staying over in Voorhees, N.J., in advance of their Sunday game against Albany at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
The Flyers will be forced to make a roster move when he returns from the conditioning assignment.”
December 1 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon:
So it was on the grounds of the Norton Country Club in Massachusetts last May, as Peter Laviolette Sr. manned his post as starter. Good-naturedly, and not so good-naturedly, he was taunted and teased as happy-faced Bruins fans teed it up after Game 1, after Game 2, and especially after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“They all know him,” his son and namesake was saying yesterday after Flyers practice. “So he took a lot. To a point where one guy came through when they were up 3-0 with a broom in his bag.”
We all know what happened next. Peter Jr.’s Flyers won Game 4 at home in overtime, a late goal by Simon Gagne staving off elimination. They won Game 5 in Boston to return the series to Philadelphia, then won Game 6 . . . They fell behind 3-0 in Game 7 in Boston, then fought back to complete their incredible comeback.
Along the way, the broom disappeared.
“I have a lot of friends who have been Bruins fans since they were kids,” said Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher, whose permanent home is in Smithfield, R.I. “They were really upset by the way it went down. Up three games to none, up three goals in Game 7. They were absolutely crushed.”
The Bruins and Flyers meet for the first time since that series tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, each team’s hot start cooled off of late by slow first-period starts. The Bruins have been propelled by the play of veteran Tim Thomas, a goalie who wasn’t even the starter last May. The Flyers‘ early jump has been fueled by rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, a goalie not even on the team’s radar when the teams last met.
December 1 Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Boston, it was known as The Ultimate Choke – blowing a three-games-to-none series advantage, along with a 3-0 first-period lead in Game 7 – in last season’s epic Eastern Conference semifinals.
In Philadelphia, it was known as a comeback for the ages – just the third time in NHL history a team had overcome a three-games-to-none series deficit. And just the fourth time it was accomplished in any of the four major sports.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, when the Flyers will host the Bruins in the teams’ first meeting since last spring’s zany series.
The Bruins have a score to settle.
“I’m sure they’re not going to be too thrilled and they’ll want to send a message playing us,” said winger James van Riemsdyk, who started the comeback in the 4-3 Game 7 win last season with a goal that trimmed Boston’s lead to 3-1. “But we’re ready to go out there and get back to our winning ways.”
The Bruins, 1-3-1 in their last five games, can’t get the collapse out of their collective minds.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk told Boston reporters there was “a little burning in our hearts over what happened last year.”
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