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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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Flyers Embrace Game 6 Challenge
(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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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