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May 2, 2004 - McKenzie: Primeau makes amends in Game 5

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McKenzie: Primeau makes amends in Game 5

In Game 4 of the Flyers' showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs, I thought Keith Primeau was the best of a bad lot of Philadelphia players.


I ran into his father, Mike Primeau on the way out of the Air Canada Centre and he wasn't too happy about how things went for the Flyers. In a case of like father, like son, Keith himself wasn't very happy with their performance, either.


The Whitby, Ontario native wanted to make up for it in Game 5, and boy, did he ever make amends.


Primeau was a physical presence right from the get go, taking every body that he could possibly take and tacked on a hat trick against the Maple Leafs.


His first was scored short-handed late in the first period after stripping the puck from Bryan McCabe, and the big man also held off Brian Leetch to beat Ed Belfour with a deke.


After the Leafs got on the board, the Flyers kept a three-goal lead when Simon Gagne caught Belfour out of position and passed the puck to Primeau who tapped into an open net.


To complete the hat trick, Primeau beat another Whitby native - Joe Nieuwendyk - to score one past Trevor Kidd.


Keith Primeau established the tone of this game from the get go, and what's not to like about what he did for the Philadelphia Flyers. He didn't like what happened in Game 4 and was challenged by head coach Ken Hitchcock just like the rest of the Flyers.


The captain of the hockey team stepped up and delivered the way a captain is supposed to deliver and that's why it was all Philadelphia in Game 5.