Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/30/10 at 05:02 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Q: You set a Flyers franchise record for playoff scoring in a single season last year. Did you expect to be that effective in the playoffs?
DB: “No, not at all. Things got rolling. The first playoff series against New Jersey was tough to get going. I don’t think me and Jeff Carter had a single point in the first three games of that series. Then we got hit by some injuries and we needed some guys to step up. I was asked to play a bigger role and was given more responsibilities. My confidence grew with these added responsibilities. I felt good and all of a sudden Peter (Laviolette) ended up putting me, Scott Hartnell, who had somewhat of a tough year like I did, and Ville Leino, who barely played up to that point, together. There probably wasn’t much expected from our line but for some reason chemistry set in right away and things got rolling. It was amazing. It is one of the best feelings in the world when every shift you are going out there you have the feeling you are going to make something happen and you have the chance to score. I know I had a blast playing with those two guys in the playoffs. I am praying that the chemistry stays right off the get-go at the start of next season.”
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