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Meszaros making strides for Flyers

Defenseman Andrej Meszaros practiced with the Flyers on Tuesday for the first time since his March 21 back surgery.

Meszaros wore a no-contact jersey during drills at the Flyers' facility in Voorhees.

"I'm really encouraged," coach Peter Laviolette said.

At the time of the surgery, the Flyers said Meszaros would miss six to eight weeks.

Based on that estimate, the earliest he could return would be midway through the second round of the playoffs.

Defenseman Nick Grossmann skated before practice but did not participate in team drills. He apparently suffered a concussion in Game 4 against Pittsburgh after absorbing hits from Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy.

Next opponent. THe Flyers said they do not care who they face in the next round. A matchup with the Rangers would be their toughest challenge. The Flyers were 0-6 against New York in the regular season.

"The playoffs are totally different," defenseman Matt Carle said.

In another matter, the Flyers said they have no plans to name a captain for the rest of the playoffs.

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