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Hitchcock picks veteran over rookie in playoffs

Updated: April 19, 2006, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers need Robert Esche to block shots better than he predicts.

Robert Esche

Goaltender Philadelphia FlyersProfile

2006 SEASON STATISTICS

GM W L T SV% GAA

40 22.0 11.0 0.0 .897 2.97

Less than a month ago, Esche said rookie Antero Niittymaki would be the Flyers' starting goaltender in the playoffs. On Wednesday, coach Ken Hitchcock gave the job to Esche. Considering Esche ...

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