In Game 2, the Sabres were able to figure out goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky by scoring three goals in seven shots in the first period of that game. Enter Brian Boucher. In Game 5, the Sabres were able to figure out goaltender Brian Boucher by scoring three goals in eleven shots of that game. Enter Michael Leighton. For the Sabres to clinch this series, they now need to figure out Michael Leighton.
Leighton has played in five career games against the Sabres and started in three of them. He has a 0-2-1 record with a 3.65 goals against average and .879 save percentage in those five games and gave up the game winning goal in Game 5 on a bad rebound to Tyler Ennis.
The Flyers defense has transformed every time that a new goaltender has come into the game. The Flyers allowed only one goal with Boucher in net when he relieved Bobrovsky in Game 2 and three goals in the next two games after that. Leighton hasn't played in the NHL as much as Boucher or Bobrovsky have this season as Leighton recovered from back surgery and spent much of his season with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. He played one game in the 2010-11 season, on December 30th against the Los Angeles Kings, a 7-4 win.
The Sabres will have the advantage of a very vocal home crowd as they look to close out the Flyers in Game 6. The main thing is to get to Leighton early much like they did with Boucher in Game 5.