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Names Different, Jerseys the Same

Monday, 10.10.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 62 19 45 4 64
C. Giroux 61 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 62 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 62 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 62 12 23 -3 35
S. Couturier 62 12 14 -2 26
M. Del Zotto 50 7 17 -7 24
M. Read 62 5 18 -9 23
M. Raffl 47 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 13 7 .925 2.26
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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