Flyers give 'em their due

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:39 PM ET


 Jeremy Roenick feels that Bryan McCabe and Alex Mogilny came to play in Game 3 last night. No, really.

 "That's the most you've seen Bryan McCabe hit anybody in a long time," Roenick, the pulse of the Philadelphia Flyers, said of the Maple Leafs defenceman. "He didn't touch one person in Philadelphia (in the first two games of the series). Not one. And he hit everything in sight (last night).

 "I guess he realized his team needed a big night and he brought it. That's what you need from some of your top players when your backs are against the wall."

 Strange thoughts on McCabe, who often is one of the more physical Leafs. Twice last night McCabe crushed Mark Recchi with hip checks against the side boards.

 USED HIS BODY

 Mogilny was the best player on the ice and also used his body with abandon. He nailed Marcus Ragnarsson in the first period (after the Flyers defenceman crushed him on the first shift) and slammed former Leaf Danny Markov in the third.

 Roenick took issue with the hit on Markov and, later in the shift, Roenick and Mogilny were whistled for roughing.

 "He almost killed Markov from behind," Roenick said. "That was a pretty dangerous hit. But you have to give Alex credit. He came out and worked hard."

 To a man, the Flyers said they fully expected the Leafs to be a much more physical club, and that's what they got. The Leafs had no choice but to play that way, knowing that another loss would have put them in an insurmountable hole.

 And the Flyers figure the Leafs won't be much different tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre in Game 4.

 Philadelphia crumbled in the second period last night, allowing three even-strength goals, and then gave the Leafs five power plays in the third period.

 Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock begrudgingly expressed respect for the Leafs, but knows his team has to snap out of it tomorrow.

 "I just think our level of intensity dropped and Toronto's went up, and that was the difference," Hitchcock said.

 "They pushed the level out there. It's not about whether we can keep up. We don't have a choice."


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