The Flyers will be without Eric Desjardins when they try to eliminate the Maple Leafs.

Desjardins is out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right foot. The Flyers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and Game 6 is tonight in Toronto. Game 7 would be in Philadelphia on Tuesday night if needed.

"It's disappointing to go out like this," Desjardins said. "I believe we have a chance to go far. So it's a big disappointment. No doubt about it."

The star defenseman blocked a shot midway into the third period of Philadelphia's 4-1 victory Saturday.

"This obviously is a big blow for us," forward Jeremy Roenick said. "It's very difficult. He has been our best defenseman all year.

"But in playoffs, you have to overcome adversity."

Mark Recchi said Desjardins can't be replaced.

"You never fill that void that he is going to leave," Recchi said. "You're going to ask a lot of other guys to do different roles.

"Now you're asking someone to step into a power-play role who hasn't been doing it. . . . [Desjardins] plays against the top lines every night."

Philadelphia Coach Ken Hitchcock said rookie Jim Vandermeer will replace Desjardins in the lineup.

"You can win playoff series without good players," Hitchcock said.

"Once everyone gets over the initial shock of Eric not being here, I think everybody will step up."

-- From News Services