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Updated: May 14, 2004, 2:38 PM ET
By Jim Wilkie
Philadelphia Flyers: Now it's Philadelphia Flyers goalie Robert Esche's turn to try to rebound from an off game. Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin successfully bounced back in the Lightning's 4-1 Game 3 victory that gave them a 2-1 series lead. "It's new ground for him," Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock said about Esche.

Thankfully, Hitchcock won't follow Lightning head coach John Tortorella's request to "shut his yap." The Flyers coach has a lot to say and is one of the most articulate and engaging men in hockey. So lay off the guy.

Flyers GM Bob Clarke doesn't think Tortorella's rants were merely gamesmanship. "I've never seen another coach attack a general manager and an organization, not like that. ... Tortorella went a little too far, I think. I don't know what he was trying to do. He's not exactly Scotty Bowman, you know," Clarke told the Delaware County Times.