NHL Playoffs: Michael Leighton Will Replace Sergei Bobrovsky Tonight for Flyers

Cody ReisigContributor IIApril 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Goaltender Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on during a breeak in the game with the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Breaking news regarding the Philadelphia Flyers. Earlier it was announced that Brian Boucher would be the starter for tonight's Game 3 against the Buffalo Sabres. This was widely expected after Sergei Bobrovsky's terrible night on Saturday.

Bobrovsky stopped just four of seven shots, giving way for Boucher to come in and have an incredible night, leading the Flyers to a huge victory. Boucher was expected to start and will hopefully earn his starter's role for the rest of this series.

The shocking part is that goaltender Michael Leighton will be backing up Boucher tonight. Bobrovsky traveled with the team but won't dress, and for the first time this season, he will watch the game in his street clothes.

Why is this the case though? Why would the Flyers take Bobrovsky's one bad game and sit him for expectedly the remainder of the playoffs? He most likely isn't injured, as we would have probably heard news of this sometime before today.

So was his performance on Saturday night enough to let him slip to No. 3 on the depth chart? Yes, apparently it was. His lack of confidence was apparent by the end of his very short night in goal, and maybe Peter Laviolette has finally realized that "Bob" just isn't ready to carry this team on his shoulders.

The good news is that Leighton is a more than serviceable replacement for Bobrovsky. Leighton took the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final last season after replacing Boucher in Round 2 against the Bruins. Besides a dreadful Stanley Cup Final, he more than did his job.

Here's hoping that the reunited Brian Boucher/Michael Leighton combo can do the trick again this year (maybe even get that first shutout).