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STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET


 HITCHCOCK RIPS TUCKER FOR HIT

 Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock was fit to be tied over the hit Darcy Tucker put on Sami Kapanen early in overtime last night.

 Tucker flew toward the boards and nailed the little Finn near the Flyers bench. Kapanen continually tried to get up and skate.

 "It was a terrible hit," Hitchcock said. "It was a head shot. There were two head shots in the last two games by Darcy. I go back a long way with Darcy. And I was disappointed."

 Kapanen was dazed but was able to make it on to the ice after the game to shake hands.

 "I've had better games," Kapanen said. "It was frustrating because my legs wouldn't carry me."

 BIG DECISION

 Hitchcock waited until game time before deciding not to dress defenceman Vladimir Malakhov, who is suffering from the dreaded upper body injury (thought to be a concussion).

 Malakhov, who was nailed by Tucker in Game 5, was replaced by Dennis Seidenberg.

 SAMI II

 Hitchcock added that it has been a huge luxury this season to have Kapanen on board, who has filled on defence.

 "Kapanen brought a different element," Hitchcock said. "It's very unnerving to play against him as a defenceman because he can beat people up the ice, he's fearless, it doesn't matter who he's playing against, he's still going to battle you. He might get a little overwhelmed at times with size, but not with competition." -- Steve Buffery

 FLYERS INJURIES

 VLADIMIR MALAKHOV

 Concussion, day to day

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season.


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