Leafs, Flyers ready to tussle
The Flyers and Maple Leafs have developed a mutual animosity in the past few seasons.
Updated: April 22, 2004, 2:30 PM ETBy By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Unlike a series between less-familiar opponents, there won't be a feeling-out process before mutual animosity matches the players' intensity in the Maple Leafs-Flyers series, which begins Thursday night at Philadelphia.
Before the puck is dropped for the second-round series, nobody is hiding their feelings about their Eastern Conference rival.
"When we knew we'd be playing Toronto we didn't have to build up a lot of hate because it's already there," Flyers captain Keith Primeau told the Toronto Star.
The Flyers know their battle with the Maple Leafs will certainly be physical.