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Flyers lose, Leighton loses his touch

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CHICAGO (AP) -The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't keep up with the Chicago Blackhawks and Michael Leighton couldn't stop them, either.

Leighton gave up five goals on 20 shots and was pulled for Brian Boucher late in the second period, a rough start for the Flyers as they lost Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals 6-5 on Saturday night.

Boucher actually gave up the winner in this wild, back-and-forth game, as a tough-angle shot by Tomas Kopecky slid around the goalie's stick with 11:35 left and sent the United Center crowd into an earsplitting frenzy.

On the same night Phillies ace Roy Halladay gave his sports-crazy city a perfect game to cheer about, Leighton and the Flyers were, well, anything but perfect. Though the goals weren't all his fault, Leighton lost leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before finally being pulled.

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