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05-06-2004, 03:56 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Reichel was one of the leafs best faceoff guys and plays the penalty kill...
Antropov is the only player I had issue with playing instead of Francis, but he probably got the nod because he was either healthier or because he was much bigger and stronger, as were the Flyers...
Belak did provide some great energy his first game back, but really didn't play much of a role since, I think he was expected to continue his crashing and banging but he really didn't get the chance...
The leafs didn't owe Francis anything, and I'm quite sure Francis will look back and think to himself, I could have finished my career not playing in the playoffs or by being a healthy scratch (after playing 12 playoff games) for the team I grew up watching...I'm sure he would do it over again...
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