Do or die time for the Flyers

Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds and John Moore get tangled up in front of the net in Game 3.
Credit: Getty Images

The Flyers have been full of surprises this season.

Many didn’t expect them to make it to the playoffs. Many more didn’t think they would win in Madison Square Garden. And coming from behind to win two playoff games? Who would have predicted that.

But now, the Flyers’ bag of tricks could be depleted. Because in order to move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they must win two games on back-to-back days — including a Game 7 win in New York City.

It is unlikely. But it isn’t impossible. The Flyers are 7-10 all-time in Game 6 when trailing 3-2.

“Game 6 is going to be huge, obviously,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said, fresh off his first goal of the playoffs in the Rangers 4-2 victory Sunday. “We are not looking at it like it’s the last game of our season. We’ve come back all season long when it matters and we’re going to stay confident about that.”

“This series is definitely not over,” Flyers goalie Steve Mason said, echoing Giroux’s sentiment. “We are looking forward to getting back home and having a big game there and bringing it back here for Game 7.”

Since 2004, the year the Flyers were ousted by Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the conference finals, Philadelphia has been eliminated at home four of the last six times they were bumped from the playoffs.

If they are able to piece together a win in front of their faithful home crowd, they have better numbers to support them. The Flyers are historically 9-6 in Game 7′s, and have done it on the road twice recently — in Washington in 2008, and in Boston in 2010.

Though the Rangers have more wins, the statistics are pretty even between the two squads. And neither team has won two games in a row this entire series, which bodes well for the Flyers in Game 6.

“It’s a tight series, we all know that,” Flyers head coach Craig Berube said. “We are confident because we feel as a team that we can play better. If our power play executes better in the first period — we execute a couple plays — it might be a different game. It’s not as if we feel as if we are getting outplayed. It’s a tight series. It’s two good teams. It’s right there.”

If the Flyers want to advance, they have to beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist two times in two days. Which is a pretty big task for the Flyers. Philly has only mustered more than two goals once in five games against King Hank.

“He’s one of the best goalies in the league and we are aware of that,” Giroux said. “We need to get traffic and put more pucks on net. If  you want to beat him you need to have nice shots.”

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and if the Flyers win, it will likely be just under 24 hours before they head up I-95 to try and do it again.


US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.


Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.


After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.


'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.


'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.


'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…


Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

GAMES Hudson Common Open Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Hudson Common 356 W. 58 St. Free, The U.S. Open begins on Monday, but most of…


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.


2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)


2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…


Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…