VOORHEES, N.J. --
The Philadelphia Flyers
may be up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins
, but the players and coaches know they haven't really won anything yet.
Falling behind by two goals in the first period of each game is enough to keep any team humbled regardless of the final result.
"We're OK with the eight goals," coach Peter Laviolette
said. "It's the five and the first 20 minutes. … I think we look at that and try to be better at that. Certainly they're going to get chances, they're a dangerous team. They have talented players. But I think a lot of it has to do with our attitude in the first period.
"I think there's things we can do better."
Better starts have been a focal point for the last month. In nine of their last 14 games going back to the regular season, they've trailed 2-0 or worst. That they've gone 8-4-2 in those games speaks to the resiliency of the team. However, they know there's a limit to how many times you can dig into that reserve.
"It's not easy to come back," Claude Giroux
said. "All year we've been doing it, being able to come back every game. Guys don't quit [but] we've got to find a way to put ourselves in a better situation because at the end of the day we won't be able to come back against this team too many times. We have to make sure we do better."
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