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STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

 The Maple Leafs are incredibly secretive about their injuries. At least to the media and general public.

  The theory is, if the opposition learns that a player has a weakness, they'll really go at it and try to make the injury even worse.

 However, Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said there are no secrets between teams.

 "Let's get something straight," he said. "The Leafs aren't telling you, but we have our spies there. So we know exactly what (the injuries) are. We know what's wrong with (Mats) Sundin. We know what's wrong with Tie (Domi). We know what's wrong with all those players. They can call it lower, upper, side, whatever they want to call it. We know what the injury is. And we know what ankle (Bryan) McCabe has a problem with. We know all that stuff."

 Hitchcock agreed that the tendency by opposing players to aggravate each other's sore spots becomes even more pronounced in the playoffs, adding, however, that he is not worried about Kim Johnsson, who returned to action last night after missing a few games because of a broken bone in his right hand.

 "You can shoot a gun at what Kim has got for protection and it's not going to (hurt the hand)," he said.

 RUSSIAN TO CONCLUSION

 On the topic of humour, Hitchcock found it amusingly ironic that Leafs forward Nik Antropov suggested Philly's defence was not all that tough because they're all Europeans.

 "It's funny. A Kazakh talking about two Russians," he said, referring to Danny Markov and Vladimir Malakhov. "Those folks need to get together. One Russian lives in Florida and another one lives in Georgia. I don't know where Antropov lives. In Smokey River, I'm not sure."

 RETURN OF RECCHI

 Forward Mark Recchi missed Thursday's practice because of the flu, but was given the green light to play last night.

 "He has been sick for over a week now," Hitchcock said. "It has gone though his family and it has come back again."

 Hitchcock said he has to take Pat Quinn's lead and roll four lines throughout the playoffs.

 "Even when Pat was down in the first two games he continued to use a four line rotation," Hitchcock said. "And we probably have to get up to speed."

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