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Names Different, Jerseys the Same

Monday, 10.10.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Names Different, Jerseys the Same


Voorhees, NJ – Much has changed since the Game Six overtime period when the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Both teams have added several new components to their clubs, and sent others packing. Gone are Jeremy Roenick and Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts; here, are Peter Forsberg and Eric Lindros. Despite the player changes, however, both teams are expected to once again battle for the Eastern Conference title.

"Any time that Philadelphia and Toronto [play], it's a great rivalry," said Ken Hitchcock. "I think you have to play some hockey and go into each team's building to understand the rivalry. We've got half of our club that doesn't even know."

Forsberg has played in Toronto before, but never with a team that is considered a major rival of the Maple Leafs.

"We only went there once a year with Colorado, and they never came to Denver at all so I didn't get to see them a whole lot," he said. "But, it is a hockey town out there and a tough atmosphere to play in. It's a tough team and it's going to be crazy out there [Tuesday]."

The new players to the rivalry will get to know quickly just what it is like, as the Flyers prepare for the first of two visits to the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The teams have a rematch set in the same place just a week and a half later on October 22.

While the Toronto-Philadelphia rivalry has always been heated, the new wrinkle to the feud is a certain 6'4'', 235-pound center that spent his first eight seasons wearing the orange and black. Lindros signed with the Maple Leafs over the summer after spending the last three years with the New York Rangers.

It has been a long time since Lindros was left injured and laying on the ice on a hit by New Jersey's Scott Stevens in his final game as a Flyer in Game Seven of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals, and the players remaining from that team do not pay much attention to the hoopla surrounding him when he plays against Philadelphia.

"I don't think there was a rivalry with Eric. It was more with the fans that all built it up," said Eric Desjardins. "When we go and play on the road, you have to approach him like another good player. For us, it's just playing against another guy. I think when he comes and plays here; it's tough for him to play in front of what were his fans before. But for us, it's another game."

"Not only is it four years, but it's another new team involved," said Keith Primeau of Lindros. "He's moved. He's closed that chapter, as have we on this end. So, now he's just a member of the opposition we have to play."

Lindros has impressed Hitchcock through the first two games of the season, and will be a main focus of the Flyers, especially with captain Mats Sundin sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a broken orbital bone.

"I've watched Eric play the first two games, and he's played really well," said Hitchcock. "I think he's been the main star both games for Toronto, and he's been excellent. He's skating well and he's playing well. He's a major factor in every game, and a major factor on the power play. He will be a tough guy to handle."

FLYERS NOTES
Defenseman Chris Therien will miss Tuesday's game with back spasms. He did not make the trip to Toronto. The Flyers recalled Wade Skolney from the Phantoms in his place. … Robert Esche will start in net.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 52 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 52 8 34 -3 42
W. Simmonds 52 19 16 -7 35
B. Schenn 50 14 15 -2 29
S. Gostisbehere 34 9 19 3 28
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 50 4 9 -10 13
M. Raffl 52 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 14 7 .915 2.70
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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