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Leino goes from scratch to star for Flyers

By Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

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Leino goes from scratch to star for Flyers
Ville Leino has gone from a healthy scratch at the start of the playoffs to a key contributor on a Philadelphia team that's one win away from the Stanley Cup Final.
MONTREAL -- Ville Leino was a healthy scratch for the Philadelphia Flyers at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These days, he's a major reason the Broad Street Bullies are a victory away from the Stanley Cup Final.
Leino scored his second goal of the series on Saturday afternoon as the Flyers earned a 3-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 at the Bell Centre. The win gave Philadelphia a 3-1 lead in the series, which shifts back to the Wachovia Center for Game 5 on Monday night.
Leino, who was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 6 in exchange for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth-round draft pick, spoke with the media after the game.
Q: How were you guys able to bounce back from the 5-1 loss in Game 3 as emphatically as you did today?
Leino: We wanted to make an attitude change, and we did. We were working hard and played one of our better games in the playoffs.
Q: You guys talked about playing a complete game. That's exactly what you did today, right?
Leino: We were good today. We knew what it would take to win, and we were playing good. I think we have to be happy with our effort.
Q: You guys were really solid in your transition game today, which lead to a couple of goals. Can you talk about that a bit?
Leino: We were on the right side of the puck and winning the battles along the boards. We were making smart plays and it gave us some good chances. We scored some goals.
Q: Can you believe you're one win away from the Stanley Cup Final?
Leino: Obviously, we're close. But it's going to be a tough game (on Monday). We have to be ready to go.
Q: This was Michael Leighton's third shutout of the series, but how much credit does the defense deserve for the way it performed today?
Leino: We played good defensively. We were blocking tons of shots, and we didn't give them many good scoring chances. They were all from tough angles.
Q: How much of a boost did Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere provide?
Leino: That was good for us. We've got more depth now and Jeff is always dangerous on the ice. He's got a good shot and Ian was working just great on the PK. He adds a lot of character to our team.
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