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Leighton back surgery keeps Bobrovsky with Flyers

The annual soap opera that is goaltending in Philadelphia took another surprise turn on Friday with news that incumbent No.1 Michael Leighton needs surgery for a bulging disk in his back and will be out for the next six to eight weeks. The announcement comes a day after Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette shocked many, including expected starter Brian Boucher, by starting impressive Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in their season-opening game in Pittsburgh. The 22-year-old, signed in April as an undrafted free agent out of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, responded by keeping Philadelphia in the game by stopping all 15 shots in the first period and 29 overall en route to a 3-2 victory over the Penguins. Bobrovsky was already gaining a cult-like following in Philadelphia, and news he will be around even longer, combined with another strong showing in an expected start in St. Louis on Saturday, will only grow the legend of “Bob” among a Flyers fan base starved for its first homegrown goaltending star since Ron Hextall. It also gives InGoal Magazine another chance to link to our feature on the incredibly fast rise of Bobrovsky from Russian standout to potential NHL...

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Paul Dainton named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Month for November

University of Massachusetts junior goaltender Paul Dainton was named Hockey East Defensive player of the month for November 2009. The British Columbia native has a record of 7-3 for the the nation’s number nine team. He has posted a 2.48 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Dainton ranks 16th in the country with a .925 save percentage and had a with a career high 42 saves against New Hampshire. Paul Dainton sports a new mask this year. it is based on the Spiderman character...

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Three Goalie Stars for November 1: You Choose

For the third straight week InGoal Magazine wants you to pick the three stars. The poll will run all day Sunday, with the winner revealed Monday morning, and just like the last two weeks, we are accepting write-in votes and encouraging campaigning among fans. So you decide, are shutouts in his only two starts enough for Boston’s Tim Thomas to take the award home for a second straight week? It’s hard to improve on perfection, but there’s something to be said for volume, and Henrik Lundqvist was a lot busier in New York, stopping 132 of 139 while going 3-1-0. On the opposite coast, Jonathan Quick stopped 39 shots in a 3-1 win over New Jersey for a 3-0-0 week. Or maybe Brent Johnson has peaked your interest in Pittsburgh, whose only loss was 1-0 to Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis, another great candidate. Perhaps the ongoing early success of rookie Michal Neuvirth in Washington, or signs Antero Niittymaki is ready to take over in San Jose, or … Poll is now closed – thank you to all who voted. [poll...

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