When Michael Leighton takes the ice at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday for the Adirondack Phantoms, it will be the goalie's first real game action since allowing Patrick Kane's soft goal that clinched the Stanley Cup this spring for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Flyers.
With rookie Sergei Bobrovsky stopping almost everything that comes his way for the Flyers, most fans remember only that soft goal that Leighton gave up before a back injury sidelined him for the start of this season.
But the Flyers wouldn't have been in the Cup finals if it weren't for Leighton. He won his first five career playoff games (including one in relief of Brian Boucher), allowing just four goals in those contests.
Leighton finished the playoffs 8-3 (not including the relief appearance) with a respectable .916 save percentage and a 2.46 goals-against average that was tops among goalies who made it past the first round.
Here's a look at Leighton's best games in the 2010 playoffs:
MAY 10: FLYERS 4, BRUINS 0
With the Flyers on the brink of elimination, Leighton is thrust into action on the road when Brian Boucher is hurt midway through Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Leighton himself hasn't played in two months due to a high-ankle sprain, and it's his first career playoff game. But he makes 13 saves to combine for the shutout and send the series back to Philadelphia.
MAY 12: FLYERS 2, BRUINS 1
In his first career playoff start, Leighton makes 30 saves and takes a shutout into the final minute, losing it only after Boston pulls its goalie for an extra skater.
MAY 14: FLYERS 4, BRUINS 3
Leighton allows three first-period goals but then holds off Boston for the rest of the game, making 22 saves as the Flyers rally to win Game 7, completing their historic comeback from the 3-0 series deficit.
MAY 16: FLYERS 6, CANADIENS 0
Leighton stops all 27 shots he faces in a 6-0 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. He keeps the Flyers in it early when they are outshot 13-6 in the first period, prompting coach Peter Laviolette to say Leighton "did a good job of bailing us out."
MAY 18: FLYERS 3, CANADIENS 0
Leighton carries the Flyers, making 13 of his 30 saves in the first 10 minutes of the game. Several spectacular glove and kick saves lead Claude Giroux to call him "our best player on the ice," and Laviolette to say Leighton "saved our game tonight in the first period." Leighton's shutout streak reaches 165 minutes, 50 seconds.
MAY 22: FLYERS 3, CANADIENS 0
After struggling in Game 3, Leighton comes back with his third shutout of the series. He faces just 17 shots but stops them all, improving to 5-1 with a 1.37 goals-against average and .951 save percentage in the playoffs.
MAY 24: FLYERS 4, CANADIENS 2
Leighton stops 25 of 27 shots to help the Flyers win the series in five games and advance to the Cup finals for the first time since 1997.
MAY 31: BLACKHAWKS 2, FLYERS 1
After being pulled in a Game 1 loss in the Cup finals, Leighton keeps the Flyers in Game 2 by keeping the puck out of the net for the entire game except one 30-second span. But the Blackhawks score twice in that span, and the Flyers manage only one goal against Antti Niemi in the loss. Still, Leighton plays well.
JUNE 2: FLYERS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, OT
Leighton stops 24 of 27 shots, including keeping Chicago off the board for six minutes of overtime. He improves to 5-0 at home in the playoffs as the Flyers cut the Blackhawks' series lead to 2-1.
JUNE 4: FLYERS 5, BLACKHAWKS 3
Leighton stops 31 of 34 shots. He helps the Flyers take a 3-1 first-period lead despite being outshot 11-8 at that point, and later holds off a Chicago onslaught long enough for Jeff Carter to clinch it with an empty-netter. Leighton improves to 6-0 at home.
JUNE 9: BLACKHAWKS 4, FLYERS 3, OT
Everyone remembers the soft goal that ended it, but Leighton stops 37 of 40 shots before that to help send it to overtime. He makes several spectacular saves to help the Flyers stay within one goal despite getting outshot 17-3 in the first period.