Flyers goalie 'good to go'; Leafs' Klee out

Updated: May 6, 2004, 2:47 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Flyers goalie Robert Esche started Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Esche missed the final two periods of Philadelphia's 7-2 win Sunday because of flu symptoms. Coach Ken Hitchcock said Esche "is good to go" for the game. Philadelphia entered the game with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven, second-round series 3-2.

The Flyers, however, were without defenseman Vladimir Malakhov, who sustained a head injury Sunday in Game 5. Malakhov was listed as questionable earlier Tuesday, but Dennis Seidenberg took his place and played his first career NHL postseason game.

For the Maple Leafs, defenseman Ken Klee will have knee surgery later this week and will miss at least the remainder of this series.

Without discussing the extent of the injury, coach Pat Quinn said Klee will have arthroscopic surgery.

Klee, one of the Maple Leafs' steadiest defensemen, was hurt Sunday. Karel Pilar is expected to take Klee's place, making his debut this postseason.

Game 7, if necessary, is Thursday in Philadelphia. The winner of the series will play Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals.

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