Flyers rebuilding their identity

Updated: May 9, 2003, 11:15 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
No matter how painful it was, losing to the Presidents' Trophy-winning Ottawa Senators in six games is no reason for the Philadelphia Flyers to hang their heads.

"I don't think we're that far [away]," forward Mark Recchi told the Philadelphia Daily News. "We played the top team in hockey pretty much to a stalemate until these last two games. I really don't think that we're that far away."

Not to use injuries as an excuse, but at least this edition of the Flyers laid everything out on the ice after getting banged around in their seven-game first-round victory over Toronto. According to reports, defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich had a separated right shoulder and a broken finger, Michal Handzus had a sprained ankle, Recchi had a pulled left hamstring and injured left shoulder, Marcus Ragnarsson had a hand injury, Claude Lapointe had a thumb injury, Jeremy Roenick had a bad elbow and of course Philadelphia's best defenseman, Eric Desjardins, missed the second round with a broken foot.

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