Stanley Cup Playoffs: War of Words Heats up For Game 3

Matt EichelSenior Writer IApril 28, 2008

Smack talk.

It happens

This is the playoffs.

After Tom Kostopolous' sukerpunch on Kimmo Timomen in Game 2, both coaches have gotten into the act to defend their players or denounce the other teams actions.  Flyers coach John Stevens commented that the suckerpunch left "a bitter taste in his mouth" after the Flyer's series-tying 4-2 win in Game 2.  After RJ Umberger's second of the night, Kostopolous took exception to Kimmo Timonen's taunting of the Canadiens players and punched him.

Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau defended Kostopolous saying that Timonen deserved the punch and that if any team should complain about any rough play it should not be the NHL's most suspended team during the 2007-08 season.

Heading into Game 3 in Philadelphia, Carbonneau has re-inserted Guillame Latendressed into the line-up to play with Brian Smolinski and Kostopolous, while scratching Mathieu Dandenault and putting Steve Begin with Maxim Lapierre and Mark Streit on the fourth line.

Carbonneau also commented on Carey Price saying they aren't expected him to be perfect.  The comment comes after Price let up 4 goals, most of them weak, to the Flyers in Game 2.  Price rebounded from Games 5 and 6 against Boston to shut them out in Game 7.

No perceived line-up changes are being seen for the Flyers coming into Game 3.

Game 3 starts at 7 PM ET and can be seen on CBC and RDS.