Esche: 'I knew what I had to do'

Updated: April 10, 2004, 11:38 AM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

PHILADELPHIA -- Most goaltenders would be in a good mood after posting their first playoff win.

Not Robert Esche.

The usually affable Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, who was the difference in the Flyers' 3-2 Game 1 over the New Jersey Devils, stopping 37 of 39 shots, was in a grim mood after the game. So much so, he wasn't going to speak to the media. Apparently, Esche has been a bit bothered by some of the talk about him in local media in recent days.

After some arm-twisting ...

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