Flyers show Ed no respect

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

 Ed Belfour can whack, hack and whine at Keith Primeau and Co. until he is orange and black in the face.

 The Philadelphia Flyers are going to keep coming.

  The officials can continue to warn the Flyers to stay out of the Maple Leafs' crease all they want.

 The Philadelphia Flyers are going to keep coming.

 Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn can launch tirade after tirade about the lack of protection for his franchise goaltender.

 SNAPPING

 The Philadelphia Flyers are going to keep coming.

 "If we get traffic, I guess we will be p------ (Belfour) off a little bit again," winger Branko Radivojevic said yesterday.

 That's the idea.

 Radivojevic accused Belfour of snapping during an incident in which the two players became tangled up near the boards in the third period of the Flyers' 3-1 win Thursday at the Wachovia Center in the opener of the Eastern Conference semi-final.

 An emotional Belfour responded by taking a two-handed chop at Radivojevic, earning a minor penalty.

 That's the type of reaction the Flyers want to see for the remainder of this series.

 "Why would I take a whack at him?" Radivojevic said. "He should be in the crease, not in the corner.

 "It was his fault. I did nothing wrong."

 The Flyers claim referees Bill McCreary and Don Koharski cautioned a number of Philadelphia players including John LeClair about trespassing into the blue ice.

 "They mentioned to me a couple of times about watching the crease," LeClair said. "They know we're coming, but I don't think we are bending the rules at all."

 Quinn did not share that opinion, publicly wondering why McCreary and Koharski did not call a penalty when Belfour was jostled in the second period.

 "I know the Quinn-McCreary relationship," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

 "I saw it first hand at the Olympics. Let's just say there are no exchanges of Christmas cards there."

 Nor will there be any such exchanges between Belfour and Primeau, who actually lamented the Flyers did not create nearly enough chaos on the doorstep of the Toronto goaltender during Game 1.

 "I didn't think it was a good as it could be," the 6-foot-5 centre said. "It was a little quiet in those quarters, but we have plenty of time to raise it up.

 "We have to be prepared to battle in those areas. It's time to get dirty in the trenches. Hitch always tells us that it's a game of inches, not zones.

 "The refs kept coming to the bench telling us to stay out of the crease but you still are allowed to be around the blue ice."

 As long as that is the case, the Flyers will keep coming.


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