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Flyers Embrace Game 6 Challenge

Wednesday, 06.09.2010 / 12:27 PM / News
By Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com
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Flyers Embrace Game 6 Challenge
The Philadelphia  Flyers are sure the Stanley Cup Final will go seven games.
(Philadelphia, PA) - In the home of fictional fighter Rocky Balboa, it's fitting that the best quality of this Philadelphia Flyers team is its ability to pick itself off the mat and keep on fighting.

From firing their coach in early December to sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference at Christmas, to needing a final-day shootout victory to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, to falling behind 0-3 in the conference semifinals to the Boston Bruins, the Flyers have kept fighting and fighting and fighting.

And to a man, the players and coach feel the depth of that well of resolve still runs deeper.
Philadelphia Flyers center Ian Laperriere, left, talks with defenseman Kimmo Timonen, right, during practice at the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Philadelphia. The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Flyers in the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

"For sure," defenseman Braydon Coburn said. "I think when you get to this time of year, you always find that little bit extra. This is the time of the year that somehow, someway you have to find a way. There's always a little extra in the tank."

"It's the Stanley Cup Final," forward Ian Laperriere added. "If we don't have anything left at this time we're in trouble. We wouldn't be this far if we didn't have that in us."

For this up-and-down Flyers squad, it's almost fitting they have their backs to the wall one more time. Counting the win-or-go-golfing Game 82 against the New York Rangers, this will be the sixth time the Flyers have faced the end of their season.

"It's kind of where our season has been," defenseman Matt Carle said. "We've been faced with some tough times. If we're going to win this series, this is how we'd do it. Being down 3-2 in our building, we have a great opportunity to try to force a Game 7 and play for a Stanley Cup."

"I think like it says right there," Coburn said, gesturing to a sign above the dressing room door, 'The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.' It's not an easy feat at hand, but we've got to take care of one game. Tonight's the task at hand. Everybody is ready to go."

One advantage the Flyers plan on using is their boisterous home crowd. They're 9-1 at the Wachovia Center this postseason with seven-straight wins, including Games 3 and 4 against the Blackhawks.

"We got off to a great start in the last home game," Laperriere said. "It's a homer series and hopefully it'll keep going. … I expect our fans to be as crazy as they've been all year."

Those fans have come to expect their team to get up after every knockdown, and so have the players.

"It's one more challenge to our story this year," Laperriere said. "It's one more challenge and I'm 100-percent sure that everybody is ready for that challenge. It's our biggest challenge."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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