The Flyers had a run of three straight games against bitter rivals -- New Jersey, Boston and Pittsburgh -- and earned points in each of them. Then came Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers
. The players admit there was a bit of a let-down, and the result was a 2-1 loss.
They'll have no problem re-discovering that emotion Thursday when the Washington Capitals
"You get (Alex) Ovechkin coming into the building, you get fired up, you get that extra motivation," Scott Hartnell
said. "Nothing against Florida, but we've had some big games (against Washington)."
Hartnell is one of four Flyers remaining from the Flyers team that beat Ovechkin and the Capitals in seven games in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and in coach Peter Laviolette
's first game with the Flyers, Nicklas Backstrom
had a goal and 4 assists and Mike Green
had a pair of goals as the Caps routed the Flyers 8-2.
"You mention that Florida team, they're a great hockey team, they've had a great year, and for some reason they don't get the respect they deserve," Laviolette said. "But (Washington) certainly brings more punch with the name of the Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin. But it's still the same thing for us, it's another desperate hockey team that needs to win a game and we have to win some games ourselves here. Should be a great hockey game."
Here's the lineup the Flyers likely will put on the ice Thursday:
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
- Danny Briere
- Jakub Voracek
- Brayden Schenn
- Wayne Simmonds
- Sean Couturier
- Zac Rinaldo
- Nicklas Grossmann
- Matt Carle
- Andreas Lilja
will be back in net, with Sergei Bobrovsky
will be the lone healthy scratch.
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