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Archive: December, 2009

Leighton starting Winter Classic

Thursday, December 31, 2009, 8:55 PM
BOSTON _ Bob Stanley, Jeff Reardon and Jonathan Papelbon are some of the guys who have been asked to close the door on opponents at Fenway Park. Add Michael Leighton to the list. Unlike those aforementioned Boston Red Sox relievers, of course, Leighton is the Flyers’ goalie, and he will attempt... Read more

Leighton deserves Winter Classic start; snow forecast at Fenway

Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 12:50 PM
NEW YORK _ A sizzling Michael Leigthon notched his first shutout in six years Wednesday, continuing his strong pitch to start Friday's Winter Classic in Boston. He deserves it. Leighton was forced to make just 22 saves, but he stood tall when needed as the Flyers routed the host New York Rangers... Read more

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 12:46 PM
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... Read more

Will Boucher be ready for Winter Classic?

Monday, December 28, 2009, 1:40 PM
Flyers goalie Brian Boucher would love to start Friday's Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston. A New Englander who grew up in Rhode Island and attended Red Sox games at Fenway, Boucher has missed the last three games with a lacerated right ring finger. He was at practice Monday and, if all goes... Read more

Flyers survive near-disaster

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 5:37 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. _ You can look at the Flyers' 4-3 shoot-out win in Carolina Saturday two different ways. The glass is half-full: The Flyers survived a late collapse and gutted out their second straight victory _ marking their first two-game winning streak in five-plus weeks. The glass is half-empty:... Read more

Betts, Richards, Leighton key win

Thursday, December 24, 2009, 12:40 AM
TAMPA, Fla. _ Michael Leighton looked horrible in the morning skate, allowing several long shots to go through his legs. Maybe he got it out of his system because the Flyers' backup-backup goalie _ he has replaced the injured Brian Boucher, who was subbing for the injured Ray Emery _ was solid in... Read more

Try Backlund; 2 Flyers books for late shoppers

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 11:10 PM
TAMPA _ Nobody asked me, but.... The Flyers should give goalie Johan Backlund his first NHL start Wednesday in Tampa. I know, I know. Backlund only has a few months' of experinee in North America, where the game is much faster and the rinks are much smaller than in his native Sweden. So what? The... Read more

Boucher injured as Flyers fall

Monday, December 21, 2009, 11:43 PM
Can it get any lower? I don't see how. The Flyers lost another goalie, lost another game, and were lost for answers after Monday's 4-1 loss to visiting Florida. Brian Boucher cut the ring finger on his right hand while making a diving save early in the second period. He was replaced by Michael Leighton... Read more

Laviolette roasts Flyers; what will GM do?

Saturday, December 19, 2009, 1:20 PM
Nine games into his Flyers coaching tenure, Peter Laviolette sharply criticized his team's inability to play 60 hard minutes in their 2-1 loss to the visiting New York Rangers Saturday. He called their performance "unacceptable." Defenseman Chris Pronger called the developments _ 13 losses... Read more

Despite snow, game is on; Gagne returning

Friday, December 18, 2009, 4:45 PM
Despite one of the region's worst December snowstorms in history, the Flyers will still play the New York Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Wachovia Center. A Flyers official said that since the Rangers have arrived in town, the game will go on. The Flyers (15-16-2) and Rangers 15-16-3) have had... Read more
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