May 5, 2013
Flyers vets showed van Riemsdyk how it's done
By QMI Agency

Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk celebrates his goal on Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask to make it 4-2 late in the third period on Saturday night. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

He doesn’t yet have the pedigree of playoff warrior Chris Pronger, but that doesn’t mean James van Riemsdyk hasn’t learned some of the tricks of the trade.

One of the stronger Leafs forwards so far in this series, van Riemsdyk said he’s tapping into his days as a Philadelphia Flyer when veterans such as Pronger and Danny Briere weren’t shy about pointing out what was needed this time of year.

“Pronger would take me aside and point out some of the little things that he would notice and how you have to elevate your game in the playoffs,” said van Riemsdyk, whose second goal of the series on Saturday was a huge insurance marker late in the third period. “Briere would tell me that I had to play bigger out there. You listened to those guys because they had some success.”

Though van Riemsdyk celebrated his 24th birthday on Saturday, he has now played in 41 post-season contests. That experience was a factor in former GM Brian Burke’s acquisition of the New Jersey native l



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