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TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET


 FLYERS ARE EXPECTING TOUGH FIGHT TO FINISH

 The prevailing belief the Philadelphia Flyers will take into Game 6 tomorrow night is they've seen the worst the Maple Leafs will throw at them.

 "They are going to come out loaded for bear," Jeremy Roenick said. "They are so poised, and they have a lot of leadership, which will protect them from a collapse.

 "(The series clincher) is always the hardest one to win, especially with a team like Toronto that will never say die."

 Coach Ken Hitchcock had Ed Belfour with the Dallas Stars and fully expects the Leafs goalie to rebound.

 "I have seen this before, and we are going to have to be unbelievable to beat him, but our players already know that," Hitchcock said. "They know how he responds. He has outright won games and series after something like this."

 The Flyers enjoyed their massively lopsided 7-2 win in Game 5 yesterday for about, oh, 10 minutes. They were not good in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto last week.

 "Everything is wiped out now," Mark Recchi said. "Toronto will forget about (yesterday) and we will forget about it. We know we have to be a lot better up there. We have a day to get revved up again and see what we'll be able to do."

 HANDZUS? HERE!

 Flyers forward Michal Handzus, scored his first two playoff goals of 2004 yesterday. Hitchcock felt Handzus was as good in Game 4 as he was last night.

 "We added responsibility and he accepted it," Hitchcock said. "He has played two great games now. People maybe didn't notice, but he carried the ball in Game 4 in a huge way. He is starting to get a real bite in his game."

 Handzus, whose long, curly hair makes Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson look like a clean-cut choirboy, was relieved to erase the zero from beside his name in the goals category. Handzus had two goals in his previous 45 playoff games.

 "It was nice to get a couple," Handzus said. "We answered the bell and came out flying in our own building."

 QUOTE, UNQUOTE

 "I am not Mark Messier."

 -- Flyers captain Keith Primeau, who was credited by several teammates for firing them up a day earlier.

 FLYERS INJURIES

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season

 ROBERT ESCHE

 Upper body, questionable for Game 6

 VLADIMIR MALAKHOV

 Upper body, questionable for Game 6


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