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LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:26 PM ET


 FITZGERALD, REICHEL GET THE CALL FOR FRANCIS, WILM

 In times of trouble, coach Pat Quinn went back to some familiar faces last night.

 Centre Ron Francis, whom Quinn revealed was hurt in the series, was hooked from the lineup along with winger Clarke Wilm, to make room for the return of Tom Fitzgerald and Robert Reichel. Defenceman Ken Klee, who might have to undergo knee surgery, was replaced by Karel Pilar, who scored the Leafs' first goal.

 Francis had no goals and four assists in 12 playoff games.

 "We had a healthy guy ready who had played well," Quinn said of Fitzgerald. "And Robert had played well, too."

 Quinn acknowledged that three consecutive playoff runs had been affected by injuries, but did not use them as an out right excuse.

 Clubs usually come clean with the public on injuries after being eliminated, but Quinn refused to identify Francis' problem or any other ailments. Captain Mats Sundin refused to talk about his leg muscle problem, insisting it was no longer important.

 "I thought we matched up well with Philadelphia," Gary Roberts said. "We had a real chance to win. But you get older and with the CBA coming up, a lot of us will have to do some thinking (about their careers) this summer."

 The lineup changes meant that all but two players the Leafs picked up at the trade deadline were in the stands for the elimination game. Francis and defencemen Calle Johansson and Drake Berehowsky sat, with Brian Leetch and Chad Kilger in uniform.

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 KEN KLEE

 Knee, out indefinitely

 MIKAEL RENBERG

 Hamstring, out indefinitely

 OWEN NOLAN.

 Knee, out indefinitely


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