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Flyers to Play With Desperation Tonight

After this morning’s Flyers skate the team stressed that they need to play with some urgency tonight:

Claude Giroux (via Philly.com)…

“We have a lot more to give. We’re a young team with a lot of energy and passion. We love the game, so it (the passion) has to be higher.”

Scott Hartnell…

“We haven’t played our best 60, and really let them have it. You’re at home to tie the series. We were loose out there this morning. It seems like it hasn’t been fun in here. Everyone is still real tense; all the media and all that stuff. We have to have fun tonight. When we’re having fun and loose, we’re a pretty hard team to play against. We’re fast, we’re hitting, all that kind of stuff.”

Wayne Simmonds (via ESPN.com)…

“We’re desperate. We want to win this game tonight. We have to win this game tonight”

Jakub Voracek, who was expecting the series to be much more physical, added (via ESPN.com)…

“The first two games were kind of emotionless from their side, but they’re up 2-1 so they’re doing something right.”

Meanwhile, Flyers super pest Zac Rinaldo, who has been virtually invisible this series admitted he’s been “too careful” and the team has “a lot more to give.” (via Newsday)

While the Flyers seem fired up for tonight’s game, Sam Carchidi at Philly.com isn’t so sure…

…this is a virtual must win for the Flyers, so I definitely expect them to come out flying and hitting anything and everything in a red, white and blue sweater. My hope is that the Rangers, as they’ve done virtually the entire series, take advantage of the Flyers aggressiveness by forcing them into undisciplined penalties as well as creating odd man rush opportunities off of Flyer turnovers.  

…at the same time, the Rangers can’t allow themselves to get away from what’s worked this series by worrying about responding. Carcillo brought some much needed snarl in Game 3, but the team took way too many foolish penalties, so hopefully they can continue to play a tough hard-nosed brand of hockey without getting caught up in the likely tomfoolery. 

And if the Rangers do again find themselves parading to the penalty box, the Flyers are ready to take advantage, unlike in Game 3 (via Philly.com)…

“We’ve just got to make sure that we find the lanes to shoot the puck,” Voracek said. “I think the really important thing with the power play is we’ve got to move our feet a little bit more, get more open without the puck, move more with the puck.”

Head coach Craig Berube also stressed getting pucks to the net on the power play tonight…

“The pucks aren’t getting to the net so [Hartnell and Simmonds] can’t get the rebounds or get tips on the puck,” Berube said. “Until that happens, they’ll be just standing there. All year long their goals are scored around the net. That’s what they do. They’re good at it. They’re good at tipping pucks [and] finding rebounds. So it’s the other three guys’ responsibility to get them pucks.”

…despite AV completely making over the look of the Rangers, there’s still plenty of guys on the team who played under Tortorella and know how important blocking shots on the penalty kill can be. It was a huge reason for the Game 3 victory and I suspect Rammer will again need a few extra ice bags at the end of tonight.

…and also, if the Flyers are able to get the puck to the net on the power play, the Rangers still have this guy named Henrik Lundqvist as the last line of defense. Not sure if you’ve heard of him.

Kevin

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