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Berube feels Flyers bring good energy into Game 7

by Adam Kimelman

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube knows what's at stake Wednesday, but said he's trying to treat Game 7 of his team's Eastern Conference First Round playoff series against the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS, CSN-PH, MSG) as he would any other game.

"We'll talk about the same things we always talk about before games," Berube said. "Go over things, get them prepared."

Berube said his team played its best game of the series in its 5-2 win in Game 6 on Tuesday. To win Game 7 and advance to a second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he said they need to repeat that effort.

"We want to have lots of energy; good energy," Berube said. "We want to play aggressive. It's important to get skating right away in a game like this."

Along with the aggression, however, has to be discipline. The Flyers gave the Rangers five power plays in Game 6; while they have killed off 20 straight Rangers advantages, dating to Game 2, that's not a recipe for success.

"It's a big game, obviously, we all know that," Berube said. "I have to keep my emotions in check, the players do. We have to go out and play. We have to play smart, but we have to play hard."

With Games 6 and 7 on back-to-back nights, the Flyers did not have a morning skate. They had a meeting, and Berube said he senses a confident group.

"Guys are focused, ready to go," he said. "It's Game 7. Doesn't get much better than that."

Here the projected lineups:


Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Scott Hartnell - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds

Jason Akeson - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Zac Rinaldo - Vincent Lecavalier - Adam Hall

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn

Mark Streit - Andrew MacDonald

Erik Gustafsson - Luke Schenn

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Jay Rosehill, Hal Gill, Tye McGinn, Chris VandeVelde, Calvin Heeter

Injured: Nicklas Grossmann (ankle), Steve Downie (upper body)


Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Martin St. Louis

Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - J.T. Miller

Dominic Moore - Brian Boyle - Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Anton Stralman

John Moore - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Jesper Fast, Daniel Carcillo, Raphael Diaz, Justin Falk, Ryan Haggerty

Injured: Chris Kreider (hand)


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