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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, April 18, 2011



That's how many people there are in the world.

Given that pool of potential candidates, what were the odds, given everything that happened last spring, that the Flyers would come to another critical playoff game with a goaltending corps of Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton?

Yet such was the case Monday night in the HSBC Arena. As if by destiny, that's what Peter Laviolette had to work with in goal.

And they were serious, too.

“When we re-signed Michael, we thought our goaltending duo would be Leighton and Boucher,” Paul Holmgren said. “Obviously, the dominoes started to fall in training camp when Michael went down with a back injury which required surgery. And with Sergei’s play in training camp and through the start of the year, a different scenario played itself out. So Sergei took advantage of the opportunity with the injury to Michael. Now we are in this spot right now.

“But Michael is a good goalie. He went down to the American League, never complained, played great and got his game back. He’s 100 percent healthy now. And if he gets an opportunity, I think he’ll be fine.”

Just like last year?


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