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MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

 Sami Kapanen was the toast of the town yesterday.

 After shifting to defence from forward for Game 1, Kapanen's solid play in the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-1 win over theMaple Leafs made him a media darling after the team's practice in Voorhees, N.J.

 "I don't know what it is about these Finnish players, but they have an uncanny ability to adapt," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It was the same way when I had Jere Lehtinen in Dallas.

 "He got A's for his performance. He's getting taller."

 Kapanen's stint on the blue line could be short-lived, however.

 Defenceman Kim Johnsson practised yesterday and could be in the lineup for Game 2 tomorrow. Johnsson, the Flyers' best defenceman during the first-round elimination of the New Jersey Devils, has been out because of a hairline fracture in his right hand.

 "It was a lot better out there," Johnsson said. "Strength-wise, it is basically coming back. I just have to keep up with the treatments."

 STANLEY WHO?

 Hitchcock raved about the play of rookie defenceman Joni Pitkanen. Now if only the youngster knew what he was playing for ...

 "We should have him draw a picture of the Stanley Cup," Hitchcock said. "I'm not sure he really knows what it looks like."

 Hitchcock also was complimentary of centre Keith Primeau, a leader within the Flyers dressing room.

 "Primeau has become the (Mark) Messier of the team," Hitchcock said. "Everyone answers to Primeau."

 DANDY DANNY

 When it comes to the will to win, no one on the Flyers has more fire than former Maple Leaf Danny Markov.

 "He's a wild guy," Hitchcock said. "Everything he does is competitive.

 "It can be out on the ice. It can be playing ping pong. It can be during a bubble hockey game. Whatever he's doing, this guy plays to win at all times."

 FLYERS INJURIES

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season

 KIM JOHNSSON

 Right hand, could play tomorrow


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