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LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET


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 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS defencemen Mattias Timander and Marcus Ragnarsson travelled in different circles in Game 1.

 Timander was covering the Maple Leafs' Gary Roberts when an Alex Mogilny shot ricocheted in off of his skate to tie the score.

 Ragnarsson, with one goal in his previous 59 playoff games, fired a shot that glanced off of Nik Antropov and past Ed Belfour for the winner.

 "It has been shown that a lot of goals come from defencemen in playoffs because there's more traffic in the playoffs," Ragnarsson said. "That's something we have to keep doing. Both teams will be putting pucks on net and hoping they go off of sticks, shin pads, whatever.

 "Goals like that are something that's probably going to even out in the course of the series."

 Teammate Tony Amonte welcomed more offence of any kind.

 "It seems like in the playoffs, it's the defencemen and third- and fourth-line guys, who get those grinder goals," he said. "Look at Marcus Nilsson of Calgary (Flames) the other night."

 FLY PAPER

 One of coach Ken Hitchcock's biggest challenges has been getting ex-Leaf defenceman Danny Markov to "tone it down."

 "He's a guy who wants to hit everything and knock every head off he can," Hitchcock said. "We just needed Danny to calm down and play his position."... Six-foot-5 Flyers centre Keith Primeau lists his secret talent as playing the trombone ... Philly led the Leafs 1-0 in the series before last night and 2-0 in the maternity ward. Since the opposing teams were determined, the wives of Flyers' Todd Fedoruk and Radovin Somik gave birth to a boy and girl respectively at the same hospital in Voorhees, N.J. ... The Flyers are expected to use today's extra day off in the series to stay home, then practise tomorrow morning before flying to Toronto in the afternoon.

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 FLYERS INJURIES

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season

 KIM JOHNSSON

 Hand, day to day


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