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Michael Leighton will get a chance to redeem himself after his fall from grace in the first game of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday.

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, who pulled the goaltender in favour of Brian Boucher after he allowed five goals on 20 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, would not say at his afternoon press conference Sunday if Leighton would start the second game Monday night.

"Let me start this press conference by saying that we will keep everything internally with regards to lineups, lineup changes, lines, goaltenders," said Laviolette, who is the sort of coach who thinks the menu for the pregame meal should be written in code lest anyone discover what the lads are eating. "Anything that's internal, we'll probably keep it internal. But thank you for asking."

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A few hours later, after word started leaking out that Leighton would indeed get a chance to redeem himself, Laviolette sent word via the public-relations department that Leighton will start. By then, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville had long made it clear that Antti Niemi, who also had a rough night in goal, would be his starter for Game 2.

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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