History Made: Philadelphia Flyers’ Comeback a Set of Unbelievable Stories

May 16th, 2010 by Tom Davis Leave a reply »
As a Flyer fan, I sat in my room watching the post-game interviews, agog at the events that had unfolded. "How did we get here?" I asked aloud. So many storylines of loss and redemption, playing through injury, and overcoming the odds had just been written by this team, I felt a need to chronicle them.

Goaltending and the Regular Season

The story starts where everything in hockey starts, with the guys tending the net. Visions of Ray Emery's five shutout periods to start the season are a distant memory, as he only played in eight games after New Year's Day, and hasn't seen the ice since before the Olympic break in February.

Brian Boucher came in to replace him, returning to the team that gave him his first NHL job back in the 1999-2000 season after playing for five other NHL teams and one team in Sweden. However, he struggled, going 4-9-1 in his starts in November and December. After hurting his hand during a 4-1 home loss to Florida on December 21st, he was forced out of the lineup.

The man who replaced him was Michael Leighton. Now, Leighton actually started the year with Carolina, seeing some intermittent play as Cam Ward's b ...

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