The Flyers are nothing if not a resilient, tight-knit hockey team that is used to battling back in the face of adversity. That trait never served the club better than it did on Friday, as the team gritted out a 4-2 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to bring their playoff series back to the Wells Fargo Center for Game 6 on Sunday.
"Obviously the result was good, but I think every line played well. There was a lot of speed," said captain Claude Giroux. "Funny how it's just one game and guys can find chemistry quick like that... We need to have a good first period like we did in Game 3 and we can go from there."
The work has just begun in the quest to push the defending two-time Stanley Cup champions to a deciding seventh game on Tuesday. The Flyers know that, and they know they will be the underdogs right until the final buzzer of the series.
In several key ways -- too much time spent killing penalties, tough sledding in the second and third periods after a strong first period, a 2-1 deficit in the second period on two goals they'd like to have had back, losing Ivan Provorov (30:07 TOI) for the final 5-on-6 defense of a narrow lead -- the Flyers' Game Five victory hardly followed the blueprint of getting the series back to Philadelphia for a Game Six.
All that matters, though, is the Flyers are still alive coming back home. Just as important, there were elements the Flyers can build upon heading into Game Six.