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Flyers Feel Prepared to Win One on the Road

Sunday, 06.06.2010 / 9:02 AM / News
By Brian Compton  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Flyers Feel Prepared to Win One on the Road
The Flyers know they must find a way to win a game at the United Center in order to lift the Stanley Cup.
(Chicago, IL) - If the Philadelphia Flyers are going to win their first Stanley Cup championship in 35 years, they have no choice but to beat the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
 
They know that. Now, it's just a matter of making a few adjustments from the one-goal losses they suffered here in Games 1 and 2. The series opener was a wacky 6-5 decision, while the Blackhawks eked out a 2-1 victory in Game 2 behind a 33-save performance by Antti Niemi.
 
"I liked our games here … they could have gone either way," Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said. "The second game, I don't think we took advantage of some of the opportunities that we had to score. We've got to bear down when we get some of those chances."
Philadelphia Flyers' Ian Laperriere, right, talks to the media as Simon Gagne listens at a news conference on Saturday, June 5, 2010, in Chicago. The Flyers play the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals on Sunday, June 6 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Flyers certainly had plenty of opportunities to win either of the first two games in Chicago, only to come up short. After generating plenty of offense in Game 1, they were held off the scoreboard for the first 45:20 of Game 2 before Simon Gagne scored on the power play. Philadelphia outshot the Blackhawks 15-4 in that third period.
 
"I think both teams were not too happy about how the defense played," Gagne said of Game 1. "But the second game, I liked the way we played in the second half of the game. I thought in the third period we definitely played the way we wanted. We lost the first two games here, but a lot of good things happened. Now, it's 2-2. It's up to us to play a better game here in Chicago for 60 minutes."
 
The good news for the Flyers is that they enter Sunday's action with a 9-0 record in Games 4 and beyond this postseason. They also have already won games in hostile environments such as Boston and Montreal and know what to expect from the rabid Chicago fans after playing the first two games of this series here.
 
But the Flyers know that when the opportunities arise, they must cash in. It's the only chance they have at winning this series.
 
"We played well in the games … we were right there," Philadelphia captain Mike Richards said. "We've been a great road team all year long, we've been a great road team in the playoffs. We don't want to change anything up from what we did in the first two games. It's just a matter of execution. In the second game, we had a lot of chances. We were just a little bit off with the execution. Hopefully that will come tomorrow night. We've played well on the road all year, so we don't want to change too much."
 
The Flyers obviously tweaked a few things following the back-and-forth affair in Game 1. While the defense was much improved, the offense was stagnant. Both will need to be solid if Philadelphia -- which is 5-6 on the road this postseason -- plans on reeling off a third straight win against the Western Conference champs.
 
"The first game was a wild game … probably nobody expected it," Laviolette said. "Certainly, we didn't. I'm sure Joel (Quenneville) and the Hawks didn't expect it and you guys didn't expect it, either. It's hard to say that if we had tightened up a little bit, we could have won. But that one's over with. I think we're confident on the road and confident with our game right now.
 
"We know we've got to win here. We know we've got to put one in the books on the road."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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