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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The Flyers will need one more rally if they want to prevent Chicago from hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961.

Down 3-2 in the best of seven series, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette insisted his team were not finished with a postseason that has been stuffed with thrilling comebacks.

"I have no question that we'll respond," Laviolette said Monday.

This Flyers team has mastered the art of the comeback, starting all the way back on the last day of the regular season when a shootout win clinched a playoff spot. It became the third team in NHL history to win a series after losing the first three games when it eliminated Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and evened the Stanley Cup at 2-all after losing the first two games at Chicago.

And Game 6 will be in Philadelphia - a huge advantage in a series where the home team has won every game and where the Flyers are a sizzling 9-1 this postseason.

The team, however, will have to be faster out of the blocks than they were on Sunday when they suffered a 7-4 loss.

"They came out harder," Flyers goalie Michael Leighton said. "For some reason, we weren't ready to play and it cost us the game."

It might cost Leighton his starting spot.

Laviolette has decided which goalie will start Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. He just won't say if it's Leighton or Brian Boucher.

Leighton has started every game for the Flyers since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. He's been yanked twice during the Stanley Cup finals - in Game 1 and Game 5. Boucher took over at the start of the second period Sunday night with the Flyers trailing 3-0.

Leighton is 8-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, and three shutouts in the East finals. Boucher is 6-6 with a 2.47 GAA and lost his job when he was hurt against the Bruins.

Laviolette said Monday he didn't reveal his starting goalie because he hasn't talked to his players yet.

"Whatever is best for the team and whatever is going to give us the best chance to win one hockey game," he said.

The Blackhawks are just one win away from a celebratory swig out of one of sports most signature trophies for the first time since Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita won it all in 1961. Michael Jordan donned a Jonathan Toews jersey to root on the Blackhawks on Sunday night, and the United Center was rocking again like when Air Jordan was flying and dunking his way through the city.

In the 20 previous Stanley Cup finals that were tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has won the series 14 times.

Throw in the perfect home records in the finals and the Blackhawks have to like their championship chances.

"One win away is still big," Blackhawks center Dave Bolland said. "Going into their barn, they had a great crowd there, just like here. We can't hold anything back or wait for anything."

Coach Joel Quenneville, whose Game 5 line shakeups paid off, commended his team for its focus and expects the same in Philadelphia.

"I don't think we want to change off of those levels," he said. "We're going on the road. We don't want to change our approach, play the same way. Same emotion."

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