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05-21-2010, 11:03 PM
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Delco Times article:

MONTREAL — In case you haven’t been to Wachovia Center to notice, the Flyers have been selling T-shirts, among countless other bits of playoff merchandise in an every-stoppage-of-play in-house commercial, among them one that reads “It’s all about Lappy.”

That phrase could be used to describe the buzz that emanated from Flyers’ practice Friday, a day after suffering their worst playoff beating of the season, 5-1 to the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

That’s because “Lappy,” or Ian Laperriere in the more common vernacular, appears set to return to the lineup tonight in Game 4.

According to multiple Flyers’ sources Laperriere will don his Flyers sweater for the first time since suffering a fractured orbital bone, a brain contusion and a minor concussion when he blocked a slap shot with his face on April 22 in New Jersey.

Call it a miracle. Call it courageous. Call it crazy, insane, heroic — whatever. Laperriere is going to play hockey again exactly one month to the day of the scary incident.

If nothing else, just having him on the bench and in the lineup should give the Flyers an emotional lift, which is perfect timing since they had very little emotion to put on display in a disastrous Game 3.
Laperriere skated during a spirited Flyers’ practice with Betts and Powe while Andreas Nodl skated with a “fifth line” (read: scratched players) with Jeff Carter and an alternating wing duo of Riley Cote and David Laliberte.

Carter was the topic of much speculation to return today. One Montreal radio station reported he would be in the lineup.

But Carter isn’t ready, and likely needs at least one more full practice and a morning skate or two before he could go.

Carter could play as soon as Game 5 in Philadelphia Monday.

As has been his practice all playoffs long, when it comes to the topic of line changes or injured players, coach Peter Laviolette refuses to discuss publicly.

Therefore, he wouldn’t chime in on Laperriere’s or Carter’s availability, but he did praise his shot blocking, penalty-killing, warrior-mentality plugger.

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