Leclair breaks playoff doughnut

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET


 Getting a goal less than two minutes into a game always has a significant impact.

 But when the Flyers got such a goal from John LeClair, it added an extra dimension.

 "It was huge," Flyers forward Jeremy Roenick said, "especially getting a goal from Johnny.

 "You would be amazed at the lift our team got from seeing Johnny score. He was fighting the demons himself in these playoffs because he hadn't had a goal."

 Roenick and LeClair are close friends.

 "I'm his roommate," Roenick said. "We talk about it every single night. He's saying, 'What do I have to do to score a goal?'

 "I know he has been pressing and I said, 'You know Johnny, you haven't scored too many goals in this league by worrying. Just play.' "

 When LeClair scored last night, it was a scorer's goal. He snapped a shot between Nikolai Khabibulin's legs before the goalie could react.

 "When he scored that goal everybody on our team got lifted up -- not so much that we scored but who scored it," Roenick said.

 Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said that LeClair contributes even when he doesn't score.

 "Our players are happy for him, but John means a lot more than just goals and assists," he said. "He took away people's space in a huge way today and it was nice to see him get a goal."


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