The Philadelphia Flyers have worn down goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Maybe, just maybe, somebody else could share the load.
Bryzgalov started 24 of the Flyers’ first 26 games. Philly.com notes that he leads the league in time played, 1,349 minutes and 58 seconds. Bryzgalov also leads the NHL in losses, 11, and goals allowed, 62.
His goals against-average has climbed from 2.20 a month ago to 2.89. His save percentage has plummeted from .923 to .899.
So the team recalled Michael Leighton from Adirondack of the American Hockey League before its game with the Buffalo Sabres and dispatched Brian Boucher to the minors.
Leighton, 31, had recovered from his finger injury. He appeared in two games with Adirondack (1-1-0) since clearing waivers on March 1. He stopped 31 of 32 Springfield shots Friday night.
But he struggled during his only NHL appearance this season, a 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Jan. 27.
Boucher, 36, made one start and relieved Bryzgalov three times. He has a 2.50 GAA and .891 save percentage.