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TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET


 MUDDLED MIDDLE

 The second period was the dead zone for the Philadelphia Flyers last night, not unlike Game 2.

 It's a problem the club realizes it has to solve quickly.

 "Toronto just picked it up in the second period and it started on faceoffs," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I'm not sure we won two faceoffs in the second period.

 "There is a really high level in the playoffs, especially when you get in the second round. There is a high sense of desperation and will. When you're not winning faceoffs on a consistent basis, you never start with the puck."

 Overall, the Leafs won 35 of 57 faceoffs last night, or 61%.

 The Leafs scored three goals in the second period and outshot Philly 13-4. In Game 2, the Leafs outshot the Flyers 11-1 in the middle frame and outscored them 1-0.

 "I'm sure we're going to talk about the (second-period swoons) for the next couple of days," Jeremy Roenick said. "Until we clean up the second period, we are going to struggle."

 FLYERS BITS

 Hitchcock had a chance encounter with the Dalai Lama in a hotel lobby on Tuesday. In the spirit of the movie Caddyshack, Hitchcock was asked if the Dalai Lama granted him total consciousness. Hitchcock replied, jokingly, "No, he advised me to put more traffic in front of (Ed) Belfour." ... Hitchcock said defenceman Kim Johnsson, who has been nursing a broken bone in his hand, should be ready to play in Game 4.

 FLYERS INJURIES

 KIM JOHNSSON

 Hand, probable for Game 4

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season


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