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Flyers loose as they face elimination vs. Rangers

by Adam Kimelman


(New York leads best-of-7 series, 3-2)


Big story: The New York Rangers will go into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center looking to win a series in fewer than seven games for the first time since the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We obviously put ourselves in a good situation, but I think that's been the storyline for both teams," Rangers defenseman John Moore said Monday. "It's stringing together two consecutive strong efforts. We know they're going to come out flying and we're going to see their best. So we have to respond."

While the Flyers will be looking to win Game 6 and force Game 7 back in New York on Wednesday, the focus is one game at a time.

"The mindset has to be [Tuesday]," Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said Monday. "We all know what we have to do. We just have to think about [Game 6] and win the game."

Team Scope:

Rangers: Rick Nash has four assists and a plus-2 rating so far against the Flyers, but in 17 playoff games with the New York Rangers, he has one goal.

Nash has played well in the series, as his line with Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis has been the team's best. And Nash has been aggressive offensively, as his 23 shots are tied with Brad Richards for the team lead.

"He's due," coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "He's had some great looks and is working really hard. I have, and his teammates have, a lot of confidence in Rick. He's doing a lot of the right things and sooner or later the puck is going to go in."

Flyers: Playing from behind is a position the Flyers have become quite familiar with this season. That's one reason there's no sense of panic as they prepared for Game 6.

"The whole year we came back in a lot of games," Timonen said. "Obviously now we're down and it's a must-win [Tuesday]. The guys were kind of loose [Monday]; that's a good sign. If you're too intense at this time of year it's not going to work. Guys were loose. … I'm looking forward to [Game 6]. We're home. We can be better. Guys were loose, so it looks good to me."

Captain Claude Giroux also noted the team's confidence level remained high.

"We have a lot of character in this room," he said. "Guys hate losing. Lot of passion. That's one of our positives; we just don't quit. Some teams might be a little down that they just lost Game 5 and they're down 3-2. We look at it like we're playing at home [Tuesday] and we got a chance to play Game 7. Guys are confident. That's a good start."

Who's hot: Rangers forward Dominic Moore has goals in two straight games. … Giroux had his first goal of the playoffs and a game-high six shots in Game 4. He had two assists and four shots on goal in the first four games.

Injury report: Rangers forward Chris Kreider (hand) is out. … Flyers forward Steve Downie (upper body) and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (lower body) are out.


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