Friday, August 28, 2015

Tollefsen, Bartulis on Olympic teams: Leighton to start vs. Rangers

Two Flyers defensemen _ Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Oskars Bartulis _ have been selected to their respective Olympic teams.

Tollefsen, Bartulis on Olympic teams: Leighton to start vs. Rangers

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"Leights has played very well," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of Michael Leighton. (Kathy Willens/AP)
"Leights has played very well," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of Michael Leighton. (Kathy Willens/AP)

   Two Flyers defensemen _ Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Oskars Bartulis _ have been selected to their respective Olympic teams.

   Tollefsen, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, will represent Norway, and Bartulis will represent Latvia.

   Former Flyer Patrick Thoresen was also named to Norway's team.

   The Canadian team will be announced Wednesday. Chris Pronger and Mike Richards are expected to land spots, while Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne are other possibilities. The U.S. squad will be revealed Friday, and Matt Carle is a candidate.

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   Kimmo Timonen and Mika Pyorala are expected to be selected to Finalnd's team.

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    Goalie Michael Leighton will make his fourth straight start, getting the nod over Brian Boucher for Wednesday's key game against the host New York Rangers.

   Boucher had a numbing agent administered to his lacerated right ring finger and felt much better at practice Tuesday, but coach Peter Laviolette is going to stay with Leighton because of his hot hand.

   Laviolette would not reveal who would start Friday's scheduled Winter Classic matchup against Bostoin at Fenway Park. There is a 70 percent chance of rain that day and the game could be moved to Saturday.

 

 

 

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