Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leighton to start in net for Flyers in Winter Classic

Quite a life Michael Leighton is leading these days, huh? Since being scooped up off the trash pile two weeks ago by the Flyers, the journeyman goaltender has made a big impact, going 4-0 with a 1.70 goals against average. While I wouldn't expect the hot streak to last and he will likely be sent packing once Ray Emery is healthy, Leighton certainly is making the most of his limited opportunity with the Flyers.

Leighton, coming off a shutout of the Rangers yesterday, has even been announced as the starter in net for the Flyers in the Winter Classic against the Bruins. There was plenty of talk that Brian Boucher would be the man in net, seeing as how he is from Rhode Island, but Leighton definitely deserves the nod with how he has played.

Leighton will even be wearing a special Winter Classic mask, one that features the city of Philadelphia and the Winter Classic logo. This image via John Boruk of CSN's Twitter: