WASHINGTON -- It seemed as if the end was near for the Philadelphia Flyers just a few days ago in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals.
Washington led the best-of-7 series 3-0 but has failed to close out Philadelphia, which has won two consecutive games.
The series has a much different look after the Flyers won Game 5 2-0 at Verizon Center on Friday. They avoided elimination and have a chance to tie the series in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (noon ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
"They had a chance to finish us off, and now we go to Game 6 in front of our fans and we know they're going to be ready and we're going to have them on our side," Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux. "We're pretty excited for Game 6 already."
The Flyers shrug off the idea they've planted a seed of doubt in the Capitals' minds. Washington has a 1-8 record in elimination games since 2012.
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"We're just playing Game 7 every night," Philadelphia forward Ryan White said. "We've been doing it for a while. We didn't have our best games maybe at the start of the series and they definitely found some wins in there. We just couldn't find a way to win, and these last two games have been Game 7 for us. We're just trying to find a way to win. We've just got to go out and win Game 6, and that's the plan."
So far, taking it one game at a time has worked for the Flyers, who know their margin for error is slim. One mistake could mean the end of their season. The Capitals will surely make adjustments for Game 6, but the Flyers want to stick with what's been working for them.
"We're worried about ourselves," Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "It was win or go home, and that's something that stuck with us. It's an even-keel Game 6. Not one side has the momentum. We're going to play our game, do our thing, and hopefully come out with another win."