Flyers goalie Michael Leighton, a waiver-wire pickup whose stunning rise has become one of the league's feel-good stories, was honored as the NHL's second star Monday for his performance last week.
In effect, it was an honor for the Flyers' entire defense, which has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of the last 12 games.
"This is unexpected," an excited Leighton said. "I am very proud of the way things have gone and very proud of my teammates. This week, we accomplimshed a lot with getting four wins and climbing the standings a bit over two really good teams."
Leighton, playing because of an injury to Ray Emery, was 4-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .925 save percentage during the week, helping the Flyers sweep consecutive home-and-home series with New Jersey and Montreal.
Leighton, 28, has posted spectacular numbers since the Flyers claimed off re-entry waivers from Carolina on Dec. 15. He is 12-3-1 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .925 save percentage with the Flyers.
Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos, who had an NHL-high nine points in four games last week, was named the league’s No. 1 star, while Dallas goalie Marty Turco was selected as the No. 3 star. Turco was 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .965 save percentage during the week. For the season, he has a 2.63 GAA and .915 save percentage.
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