Niklas Hjalmarsson

Flyers calling on hot line

PHILADELPHIA — The line currently torching the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals was, not too long ago, cinders.

From Jan. 23 to March 3, Ville Leino didn't play a game. Scott Hartnell's hair follicles offered more production than his blade. And in terms of full-season output, Danny Briere was at levels not seen since his rookie season. So Flyers coach Peter Laviolette concocted this grouping late in the season because, well, he had to.

"When he put us together, there were so many injuries that that's what was left, I guess," Briere said Thursday. "Ville had been a scratch. I had played wing for most of the year. Scotty had a lot of...