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STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:42 AM ET


 FLYERS COACH CROONING FOR A HIT PARADE

 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS coach Ken Hitchcock had enough of the lovey-dovey play in the first two games.

 And though his team lost 4-1 in Wednesday's Game 3, the coach appreciated the hard-hitting, emotional style of play.

 "It was fun," he said. "People were screaming at us, we're screaming at them, bodies were flying. There was no hitting in the first two games but it's come along now. It's getting a little bit better. It's not near what it was last year but it is getting a little more reckless. It's good for hockey, good for the fans, not so good for some of the players, but it's exciting."

 At this time of year, Hitchcock said, certain players may be earmarked for extra punishment, but it's all fair game.

 "We're going to go after their guys just like they're going after our guys," he said. "They've got lists in their locker room."

 PRIMEAU BACKS MATES

 Flyers captain Keith Primeau, who has four playoff points and has been doing a good job checking Mats Sundin, believes teammates like Michal Handzus and John LeClair are playing well, despite being marred in scoring slumps.

 "We have a veteran lineup and everybody needs to improve their play in order for us to leave here (Toronto) with a win," he said.

 "We don't rely on one or two guys to score, we've been balanced so far this year and we'll continue to do that."

 IN SUPPORT OF GRAPES

 Flyers defenceman Danny Markov said yesterday that he would be sad to see Don Cherry leave Hockey Night in Canada after this year, even though Cherry has a reputation for bashing European players. Markov, who became familiar with Cherry during his time with the Leafs, said the popular broadcaster took a liking to both himself and fellow Russian Dmitri Yushkevich during their time in Toronto.

 "In playoffs, he sent me and Yushkevich hats, lots of stuff," Markov said.

 FLYERS INJURIES

 KIM JOHNSSON

 Hand, probable for Game 4

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season


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