Old foes add some new wrinkles

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:14 PM ET


 The videotape did not tell the whole tale last night.

 Both the Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers showed a few new wrinkles after a few weeks break from their most-recent meeting.

 "Toronto has changed its game," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They're playing really good playoff hockey right now. This is so different than the series we just played (a five-game triumph over the New Jersey Devils). In this series, you're going to gain ice by inches, not feet. Both teams are committed not to giving up anything."

 At some point, too, the Maple Leafs must have turned to each other on the bench and said in unison, 'Toto, we're not in Kanata anymore'. The Flyers are bigger, certainly at centre, and despite missing two front-line defencemen they did just fine.

 "They aren't just a big rough and tumble team," Tie Domi said." They are a skilled hockey team with a lot of talent. They aren't the Broad St. Bullies, this is totally different hockey."

 Goaltender Robert Esche is no Patrick Lalime, stopping the Leafs when he had to.

 "They I feel the Leafs will be better when they rest," Hitchcock said. "They are missing players and so are we."

 Sami Kapanen, an emergency fill-in on defence, played 21 minutes. Toronto players were impressed with the speed the Flyers exhibited.

 "Suddenly, it's like they're a very European team," Nik Antropov said. "But we think this is going to be a long series."


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