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Flyers hope win is turning point; Leighton claimed

BOSTON _ Maybe it was just a fluke.

Flyers hope win is turning point; Leighton claimed

   BOSTON _ Maybe it was just a fluke.

   Maybe the Flyers will return to their bad habits Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

   Or maybe, just maybe, they will look back at Monday night's 3-1 win in Boston as a turning point to their topsy-turvy season.

   The Flyers put together their best all-around effort in Peter Laviolette's six games as their head coach.

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   Defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored two goals _ one on an empty-netter _ and James van Riemsdyk ended a 12-game goal-less streak as the Flyers notched just their second win in their last nine games.

    "We lost a number of battles in our zone," said Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara, whose team was outshot, 38-27.  "They were just more hungry than us."

   It's been a while since anyone has said that about the Flyers (15-15-1), who recoerded only their fifth comeback win of the season.

    Tuesday, the task is even tougher _ a matchup with the Stanley Cup champion Penguins in Pittsburgh.

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     After sitting out Monday’s game in Boston because of an ankle injury, defenseman Braydon Coburn will return to the lineup Tuesday.
    “Luckily, it wasn’t something they originally thought it was,” Corburn said before Tuesday's game against the Penguins.

     Doctors first feared a high ankle sprain, but it was discovered Coburn had a cyst that ruptured in his ankle. The fluid in the ankle started to go down, and Coburn skated Monday morning without any problems.
     The Flyers had tried to recall defenseman Danny Syvret from the Phantoms in case Coburn couldn’t play. Because of weather-related problems, Syvret was unable to get a flight from Albany.
     Coach Peter Laviolette and GM Paul Holmgren said Syvret’s travel difficulties had nothing to do with the decision to play Coburn.
 

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   Backup goalie Michael Leighton is back for his second stint with the Flyers.

   The 6-foot-3, 186-pounder was claimed on re-entry waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday.

    Leighton, 28, appeared in seven games with the Hurricanes this season, posting a 1-4- record with a 4.28 goals-against average and .848 save percentage. In 2008-09, he had a 6-7-2 record with a 2.92 GAA and .901 save percentage in 19 appearances.

      He appeared in four games with the Flyers during the 2006-07 season, posting a 2-2 mark, a 3.69 GAA and a .882 save percentage. He was originally claimed on waivers by the Flyers on Jan. 11, 2007.

    In parts of six NHL seasons, Leighton has compiled an 18-35-12 record, a 3.10 GAA and .896 save percentage in 76 games.

     A native of Petrolia, Ontario, Leighton was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) in the 1999 draft.

   The signing isn't exactly a vote of confidence for untested backup goalie Johan Backlund. It is the second goalie the Flyers have signed in four days _ John Grahame was the first one. Grahame is on a tryout contract with the Phantoms.

 

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
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