Flyers Rout Leafs

May 2, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Keith Primeau scored his first career hat trick and added an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers blew way the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 7-1 victory to take a three games to two lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"It is nothing more than a win for us and a loss for them," Primeau said. "It doesn't matter how many goals were scored."

"I think you reach a stage in your career that you want to do anything you can to win," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It becomes very important in your life, and he is willing to do it. This is not an easy thing for him to do every night, but he is willing to do it."

Michal Handzus scored twice and Mark Recchi and Branko Radivojevic also scored for the Flyers, who can finish the series in Game Six on Tuesday in Toronto.

"We spent the last 48 hours thinking about where the season is and how we couldn't wait to get to this spot," Primeau said. "I, for one - and I know the rest of the guys in the locker room feel the same way - that this is where we did not want it to end."

"We made a lot of mistakes and the whole team didn't perform up to the level they can," Leafs captain Mats Sundin said.

"We have to make sure we come back and play much better right from the start," Leafs goalie Ed Belfour said. "Going home is definitely going to help us."

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