2010 NHL Playoffs: Better Leighton Than Never

May 18th, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »

Heading into the 2009-10 regular season, goaltender Michael Leighton had started just 60 games in his five-year career in the NHL—but a change of scenery combined and a second and third chance has provided the 29-year-old with all the motivation he needed.

Leighton had a horrible seven-game stretch with the Carolina Hurricanes to start the season. He went 1-4 with the Canes, posting a 4.28 goals-against average and a .848 save percentage in the process.

After a leg injury in November, Carolina picked up Manny Legace and had no need for Leighton.

Leighton was picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 15.

The Flyers had a surprisingly poor start to their season, and were a season-worst three games below .500 on Dec. 23 when Leighton got his first start for the team.
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