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Forsberg Talks, Teammates Listen

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh, PA – Despite all of the media requests, which he constantly agrees to, people who know Flyers center Peter Forsberg know that he is not the most vocal person in the locker room or even outside of it.

That being said, when Forsberg does talk, his teammates listen to what he has to say.

Following the Flyers' 6-5 loss to Buffalo on Saturday, a game which Philadelphia led by a goal going into the third period before being out shot 14-1, Forsberg said the following to the media:

"In the third, we stopped playing again. We came out 5-4 and stopped playing. They totally outplayed us in the third period. We weren't skating, we weren't hitting. We weren't doing anything. We are a little scared when we have the lead. We are hesitant and instead of attacking when we have the lead and making it 6-4, we sat back."

Forsberg's comments resonated with some of his teammates, as well as his head coach.

"That's what we need. We need people to speak up about what needs to change from a mindset standpoint," said Ken Hitchcock.

"A player like Peter is not vocal all the time, so when he is saying something everyone pays attention," said Sami Kapanen prior to the game against the Penguins. "I think he is a player that is good for the younger guys to pay attention to what he's saying. Hopefully him coming out and saying something is good."

Jeff Carter qualifies as one of the younger players Kapanen is referring to.

"It definitely [gets our attention]," said Carter. "Peter is one of the guys who everyone looks up to in the room, and not just the way he plays, but everything he does. He doesn't really say too much, but when he does, everybody listens to him. We had some problems going on and we had to get it out."

Forsberg was asked about his comments following the 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

"I think everybody was disappointed [Saturday] with the loss and just the way we played, too, was up and down throughout the game," he said. "Like I said [Saturday], too, we have to play for 60 minutes and play the same way. We're finding ways to let the other teams back in the game and letting the other team take over the game occasionally."

Forsberg also knows how good the Flyers can be when they are running on all cylinders, like they were in late December and early January.

"When we play the right way we're a really good team, we just have to find a way to do it for 60 minutes."

Flyers Head to Florida

Rather than coming home after the game at Pittsburgh, the Flyers chartered a plane straight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they will spend the next three days prior to their game against the Panthers on Wednesday. The road trip will take them to Tampa Bay on Friday and Atlanta on Saturday.

After the current trip Philadelphia will have seven road games left in the season, all in the state of New Jersey or New York.
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