THIS GAME did not need much extra motivation.
The Ottawa Senators have been the best team in the NHL this season. Five losses. That was all they had all season.
No one in the Flyers’ locker room needed to be reminded that the road to any Stanley Cup most likely will have Ottawa on the map.
“We didn’t need to talk that much before the game,” Peter Forsberg said. “Everyone sensed that this was a big game. It was the last game before going on a long road trip, and then playing a good team, it was a big opportunity for us to play a good hockey game and everybody was ready.”
Finland’s Olympic chances took a huge hit Thursday when star goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames withdrew his name from the team.
Kiprusoff has inflammation of the hip and upon advice from doctors will use the period during the Olympics to help heal the injured area.
The United States and Russia are considered the teams to beat at the world junior hockey championship starting Monday in Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna, British Columbia.
The Czech Republic is also touted, while defending champion Canada is considered a dark horse with its youth and inexperience at the world under-20 level.
As the saying goes, `loose lips sink ships`. Could the following deleted entries at torontoinfocus.com be that of former Pens strength and conditioning coach John Welday, who was fired after 17 years of employment.