Stanley Cup 2010: Ville Leino Emerges as Hero, Sets Rookie Record for Flyers

June 5th, 2010 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »
Ville Leino has been an unsung hero for the Flyers ever since entering the lineup as an injury replacement for Jeff Carter in Game Five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, and he penciled his name into the history books Friday night.

Leino scored his seventh goal of the postseason in the Flyers nail-biting 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Stanley Cup finals to send the series back to the Windy City tied at two.

The 26-year-old rookie's goal moved him into sole possession of the Flyers playoff rookie scoring record with 16 points, surpassing Brian Propp, who scored 15 points in the 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs.

"It was a special moment,” Leino said. “It was a fun game. It was a nice little moment. I will remember it always. Good win there too, so it was a great game.”

His story is an amazing one to follow considering how the Flyers acquired him, and what he has become from where he was at the start of the playoffs for the Orange and Black.

The Flyers traded away defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth-round draft choice to the Detroit Red Wings for Leino on ...

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