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Greenberg: Game 7 up for grabs

Flyers columnist looks at what it takes to win or lose a Game 7

Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 11:01 AM / News
By Jay Greenberg  - philadelphiaflyers.com
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Greenberg: Game 7 up for grabs
Flyers columnist looks at what it takes to win or lose a Game 7

  • Why not? The two teams finished two points apart over 82 games and are now 3-3 after six playoff games. Last big break, forced or otherwise, probably wins it.

  • For the first time since 1987 and Ron Hextall, the Flyers have a goalie glowing hot enough to steal it.

  • They are scoring on Henrik Lundqvist. Earned goals, not soft goals, but goals nevertheless.

  • The home ice advantage practically has disappeared since the lockout. In 31 Game Sevens since the lockout, the road team has won 14.

  • Craig Berube has quickened up the Flyers by elevating Michael Raffl to the first line and putting Erik Gustafsson on defense. The Rangers, even Dan Girardi, will cough it up just like the Flyers, but you must get there fast enough to make it happen. Calling cards left at the end of Game 6 notwithstanding, this has not been an especially physical series.

  • The Rangers’ power play, on an 0-for-20 schneid, is looking for some answers. So much of special teams are confidence. and the Flyers, who busted out with two power play goals in Game 6, have all of it going to Game 7.

  • The Flyers are hot in Game Sevens, 3-0 going back to 2008, two of those wins on the road.



  • By playing like they did in the first and third periods in Game 6. In the first they conducted a turnover marathon. And when they should have been in a shutdown mode up 4-0, Steve Mason still had to stand on his head to keep the Rangers from getting back into the game. If you are going by periods won, the Rangers have carried the play in more than just a slim majority of them.

  • By turning the puck over. The Flyers had 17 giveaways in Game 6. Good luck surviving anything like that again.

  • Lack of discipline. A season-long issue has continued, at times, in the playoffs. Up 4-0 Tuesday night, the Flyers took three third-period penalties (the first began with :03 left in the second).

  • By the series following its win-one, lose-one, course. There has been no evidence of any carryover of momentum from game to game, even sometimes period to period.

  • The Rangers are even hotter in Game Sevens, 3-0 going back only to 2012. The core of this Ranger team has proven it can function well in the ultimate crucible.

  • There IS a home ice Game 7 advantage afterall, 10-5 over the 2011-13 playoffs, 90-59 all-time. Lies, damned lies and statistics, sure, but last change counts for something.

  •   Rick Nash finally comes due. Giroux finally is cooking. Maybe it’s Nash’s turn.

  • Lundqvist resumes being Lundqvist. It is not likely the Flyers will get the quality of chances again that they did in Game 6. A few big saves may be enough to save the Rangers. And he is proven commodity in making them.


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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