Dave Bolland, Michael Leighton
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton (49) in the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals on Saturday. Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press

Michael Leighton was calm and collected in the Flyers' locker room after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday.

He said he was already "over it" after allowing five goals in less than two periods of a 6-5 loss to the Blackhawks.

The Flyers don't have to worry about confidence issues with Leighton, who is a pretty even-keel guy anyway.

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The only worry I would have is whether Leighton appreciates how much he needs to be better the rest of this series.

His teammates stood up for him, as hockey players often do for their goalie. They said it was all their fault, that no goalie would have stopped the shots they allowed the Blackhawks to take. They said coach Peter Laviolette was sending a message to them by pulling Leighton, and that it had nothing to do with trying to have the best goalie between the pipes for the end of a one-goal game (yeah, right).

But Leighton was not good enough. He wasn't terrible, but at this stage of the season, it's not just about avoiding soft goals.

When Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp both get breakaways, one of them needs to be stopped. When Troy Brouwer takes two shots from the slot with no screen in front, one of them needs to be stopped. It wasn't any one goal in particular - it was the body of work, the fact that Leighton didn't make the big save on any of those plays.

And Leighton is capable of it. This was by far his worst game of the playoffs.

So the question is, does he have some fire underneath that calm facade? The Flyers certainly don't want him to sulk, but they need him to be determined to do better than he did Saturday.

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