Sep 222010
Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton

September 22 Camden Courier-Post:

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton does not want to be remembered as the next Jim Carey, a one-hit wonder who all but vanished from the NHL after winning the Vezina Trophy in 1996.

He does not want Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals to define his NHL career, even if it will forever define the Flyers‘ 2010 season.

“It’s done, it’s over with,” Leighton said of last season’s crushing defeat. “It’s not like I can change the result. When I look back on it I still think it’s pretty cool to see where we went and what we did. There’s no sense erasing that from your mind. You definitely want to keep that in the back of your mind and keep it a positive.”

Tuesday night in the Flyers’ 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils in both teams’ preseason opener, Leighton returned to the building where the Flyers last played on June 9, back when the Wells Fargo Center was a jam-packed Wachovia Center.

Leighton was spectacular at times Tuesday night, robbing Nick Palmieri, Matthew Corrente, Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott with some acrobatic saves. But he was also shaky on a handful of rebounds while allowing three goals on 23 shots through two periods.

“I felt pretty good,” Leighton said. “I let up a few bad rebounds, but my condition felt good and I just want to keep it going.”

Darroll Powe, Jeff Carter and Danny Briere scored for the Flyers, who won the game on Mike Richards’ shootout goal on a backhand drag move.

But the biggest buzz in the building came from 22-year-old Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, whom the Flyers signed as a free agent last May. Bobrovsky entered the game at the start of the third period and stopped all seven shots he faced in regulation and overtime.

He darted from his left post to his right to stop Marcus Nilson with eight minutes left in regulation, snared an Arnott backhander a few minutes later and got his blocker on a laser by Patrik Elias in the closing seconds of overtime.”

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