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Flyers Embrace Game 6 Challenge

Wednesday, 06.9.2010 / 12:27 PM ET / News
By Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com
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(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."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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