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Flyers make changes for Game 3
Posted: Monday May 01, 2000 07:47 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Faced with virtually a must-win situation in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Pittsburgh, the Flyers announced two significant lineup changes Monday.
Coach Craig Ramsay moved center Daymond Langkow up to the first line between John LeClair and Mark Recchi, and shifted Keith Primeau to the second line with Simon Gagne and Rick Tocchet.
Ramsay added veteran Adam Burt and removed rookie Mark Eaton on defense.
The Flyers, trailing in the series two games to none, play the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in what they consider almost an elimination game. Only two teams in NHL history have come back from an 0-3 deficit.
"I just wanted to give them [the Penguins] something to think about, a different look," said Ramsay after Monday's practice. "Langkow's played well, Primeau's played well, who knows what will happen once the game gets started."
The players say the changes might give the Flyers a lift. They have scored only one goal on 74 shots in the two losses.
"It can be a good thing," said Primeau, who has just seven goals in 77 career playoff games. "Sometimes you need to shake things up a little bit."
"If it wasn't working the way it was before, maybe we need a different look," said goaltender Brian Boucher. "Maybe it will throw them off a bit and give us a little edge. At this point, you try anything."
Langkow has played on a line with Recchi at various points in the season.
"We're just trying something different," said LeClair. "Langkow's been going pretty well, so maybe putting him with us will get us going a little bit more."
"We've dug ourselves a little hole here but no one's given up," said LeClair. "Nobody thinks we can't do it. It's a matter of going in and winning in Pittsburgh. You can't look too far ahead. You have to win the next game, that's all that matters."
Including playoff games, the Flyers are just 4-15-5 in Pittsburgh since the start of the 1991-92 season.
"We're treating this as a game that we just have to win," said Ramsay. "We want to focus on how we play and the result, we hope, will take care of itself. I don't care where we play, to be honest."
Burt hasn't played since a March 26 game against Pittsburgh.