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Another backup looming? Struggling Flyers recall Leighton

By Mike Harrington

PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers had a closed-door meeting after Saturday's dreary 3-0 loss in Boston and already made one move in preparation for tonight's game against the Sabres when they recalled goaltender Michael Leighton from Glens Falls Saturday night and shipped backup Brian Boucher back to the AHL.

Speculation is widespread in the Philly media, including this CSNPhilly.com article, that Leighton is going to start against the Sabres. Leighton, you'll recall, got the Flyers to within two wins of the Stanley Cup in 2010 before getting beaten by Patrick Kane's overtime goal in Game Six of the final. He had a much rougher time in 2011 and his career as a Flyer looked over when he was torched for three first-period goals in Game Six of the first round against the Sabres and was pulled.

(The Flyers, of course, came back to win that game on Ville Leino's overtime goal and took the series in Game Seven to become the first team since 1964 to win a playoff series using three goalies. Not one of the Sabres' finer postseason moments).

The Flyers had a 20-minute postgame meeting Saturday. They'll have a backup goaltender in the net most likely. They'll be home thinking they can get a turnaround started against the struggling Sabres. Not a good scenario for Buffalo.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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