Leighton undergoes MRI

Flyers puckstopper Michael Leighton bobbles the puck as Leafs Kris Versteeg looks on during a Leafs...

Flyers puckstopper Michael Leighton bobbles the puck as Leafs Kris Versteeg looks on during a Leafs Power-play. (Jack Boland/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 4:32 PM ET

Flyers' team officials are hoping that the back injury to number one goalie, Sarnia's Michael Leighton, isn't serious.

Leighton underwent an MRI exam this weekend after injuring his back Friday in a victory over the Leafs.

The team isn't saying much, awaiting the results of the MRI that are expected today.

The team's No. 1 goaltender aggravated a lower-back strain Friday in a 4-3 shoot-out victory in Toronto. Leighton was yanked after the overtime and replaced by Brian Boucher for the shootout.

The 29-year-old former Sarnia and Petrolia resident signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract to stay in Philly this off-season.

The hope is that Leighton's back injury isn't all that bad. He originally strained his back while working out this summer in preparation for the start of training camp.

The Flyers said they are being cautious with their top goaltender.

Leighton had a break-out season for the Flyers last year, registering a 16-5-2 record, with a stellar 2.48 goals against average and .920 save percentage after assuming the No. 1 job.

He also took the Flyers to within two wins of the Stanley Cup.


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