Recchi willing to take heat

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

 When the Philadelphia Flyers congregate at around the noon hour today at their practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., Mark Recchi might stand up and say: "Hi, my name is Mark, and I have a scoring problem."

 More than a few of the high-profiled Flyers probably would nod in knowing agreement.

  Recchi has no goals against the Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference semi-final, and he placed the Flyers' sudden lack of scoring partially on himself following Toronto's 3-1 win last night.

 "You can't come into another team's building and score two goals (in two games)," said Recchi, who has two points in nine playoff games after leading the club in the regular season with 75 points. "I take a lot of the heat for that. I know I will have to be a lot better. I believe I will."

 There are plenty of pointing fingers to go around. The Leafs, though, have been performing much tighter defensively than they have been known to do and it's getting frustrating for the Flyers.

 Coach Ken Hitchcock put Jeremy Roenick back at centre last night on a line with Recchi and John LeClair, but although the three combined for eight shots, they couldn't penetrate the shield of Ed Belfour.

 Roenick has one assist in four games against the Leafs and also said he knows he has to be better, and Alexei Zhamnov was held pointless for the first time in the series last night. And then there's LeClair, a reliable triggerman in the regular season with 23 goals who has no goals and just one assist in the playoffs.

 LeClair is not nearly playing with the same kind of dangerous tendencies -- for the opposition -- that he has in the past. It's worth noting that LeClair, in the previous three springs, had three goals in 24 post-season games.

 Simon Gagne scored last night, but only because of a horrible Bryan McCabe giveaway.

 On the other side of the puck, the Flyers also have to improve rapidly in Game 5 tomorrow. Captain Keith Primeau, whose defensive acumen usually comes through, has not been able to get a grip on Mats Sundin.

 "You have to have key performers score at key times," Hitchcock said. "Their impact players were able to score and that was a huge difference in the past two games. We have got no goals from the people who gave us goals in the first series (against the New Jersey Devils)."


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