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Philly Sports Daily: Game 7 Against Sabres Will Test Flyers’ Mettle

WELLS FARGO CENTER — Peter Laviolette put it bluntly.

“It’s a game that’s made for men,” the Flyers coach said after last postseason’s Game 7 win against the Boston Bruins. “And our guys proved to be men today.”

And with the season on the line against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center in a crucial Game 7, the Flyers are looking to tap into that masculine fervor one more time.

“All your eggs are in one basket,” said forward Kris Versteeg. “It’s a game where you better be prepared because if not, it’s all over.”

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers Showing Heart Despite Cloud of Issues

Gritting their teeth to overcome the crippling effects of poor goaltending, some how, some way, the Flyers are coming home for Game 7. And hidden under the cloud of poor personnel decisions, backstop philosophies and power play inefficiency, the Flyers are winning with pure, unadulterated willpower.

“We’ve shown heart and character from the onset of the season,” Chris Pronger told reporters in Buffalo. “Went through a lot of ups-and-downs and come through in the clutch. It happened again today.

“It’s the drive and desire to win.”

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers Looking to Continue Road Magic in Buffalo

For nearly every team in the playoffs, home-ice advantage has been a crucial and desired aspect in gaining an edge on the opposition. However, for the Flyers, their strategic advantage comes as the visitors.

“I think when we get away we just kind of relax,” said Jeff Carter. “When you’re on the road there isn’t much to worry about except for going out and playing hockey. For whatever reason, we seem to play our best hockey on the road.”

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Philly Sports Daily: Why Boucher Should Start Game 3 for Flyers

There’s something to be said for a steady veteran hand when a precision job is needed. And that’s exactly what Brian Boucher gave the Flyers in Game 2 on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Coming in relief of shaky rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period, Boucher steadied the ship, making 20 saves and more importantly, gave the Flyers an opportunity to take the eventual 5-3 victory.

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“I think [Boucher] is very calm,” said Danny Briere. “He’s been around. It takes a special kind of person to come in while we’re down 3-2, in front of 20,000 fans, during a big game. He kind of settled things down for us and I think that was one of the reasons why we played with a little more composure maybe in the last 45 or 50 minutes.”

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers Want More and Better Shots on Buffalo’s Miller in Game 2

VOORHEES, N.J. — In Thursday night’s hair-pulling 1-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 1, the Flyers racked up 35 shots and 74 total attempts at goalie Ryan Miller.

Yet, they still want and need more.

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Philly Sports Daily: Power Play Inefficiency Dooms Flyers in Game 1

WELLS FARGO CENTER — The intensity may have changed, but the Flyers power play hasn’t, and it cost them a Game 1 playoff victory in a 1-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

“There were lots of things that happened tonight that were good,” said coach Peter Laviolette with regards to his team’s power play. “There were lots of shots and attacks. However, like the rest of the game, we didn’t find the back of the net.”

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Philly Sports Daily: Pre-Playoff Break Could Work Magic for Flyers Against Sabres

It has been a long and draining couple weeks for the Flyers.

Close losses in important games, including four head-scratching defeats in their last five tries, had the word collapse on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

But with the bad taste of their near-meteoric fall down the standings rinsed away by an Atlantic Division title clinch, the second-seeded Flyers, thanks to nearly a week off before Game 1 at the Wells Fargo Center against the No. 7 Buffalo Sabres, get a chance to wipe the slate and prepare for a brand new season.

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers Reach Rock Bottom

Midway through the third period of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place, the Flyers officially hit rock bottom. Moments after the Senators took a two-goal lead on a power play goal from Jason Spezza, the home squad played keep away in the Flyers’ zone for what seemed like minutes, toying with what appeared to be a broken junior varsity team.

The reaction from the Flyers was telling but far from surprising.

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers Laviolette Thinks Shootout ‘Misrepresents the Game’

Since the shootout was installed in the 2005-06 season, the Flyers and New York Rangers have met seven times in the turn-based gimmick, each with varying success.

Yet, regardless of the benefit for both squads, a crucial late-season win for the Rangers on Sunday and a playoff-determining victory for the Flyers in the final game of the 2009-10 season, New York coach John Tortorella and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette still aren’t fond of the sour result.

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers’ Opponents Feeling Comfortable at Wells Fargo Center

March featured a myriad of problems for the Flyers.

Inconsistency, lack of focus and the inability to win close games are just a few of the issues that hampered the fleeting Eastern Conference leaders into a 6-5-4 monthly record. However, what Atlanta Thrashers forward Evander Kane told the media after a 1-0 shutout victory over the stumped Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, may be the most severe and telling of the group.

“Even last year I think we won all four games against them,” said Kane, whose squad took the season series 3-1, including two in Philly. “It’s a fun building to play in and I definitely enjoy it.”

Fun building? Enjoy it? The Spectrum just rolled over in its own rubble.

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