VOORHEES, N.J. --
Only once in their history have the Flyers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win in the playoffs.
It was their magical rally against Boston in the 2010 conference semifinals, when they lost the first three games of that series before winning four straight.
Seven players from that team are still active on the current roster -- forwards Danny Briere
, Claude Giroux
, Scott Hartnell
and James van Riemsdyk
, and defensemen Kimmo Timonen
, Braydon Coburn
and Matt Carle
, who coached that team, said he didn't believe what happened two years ago could have much effect on this year's team.
"It's hearsay," he said. "It's a story from a different team in a different day. … To tell a story or have someone tell a story, I'm not sure if that's going to get the deal done [in Game 5]. It's going to be how we play in certain areas and certain things we do better that will dictate the outcome. Not a good story form a couple years ago."
His players, though, felt different, and believe the lessons they learned in surviving that series can help them now.
"We believed we can beat those guys that time," Timonen said. "We just focused game by game. Don't think about what happens if we lose this game or win this game -- just focus on [Game 5] and believe we can win, we can be a better team than we've been the last three games."
Briere said he doesn't think the story needs to be re-told, because whether his current teammates were there for it or not, they certainly know what happened.
"There's a lot of guys that were there and they remember very well," he said. "Lot of guys have seen it. I think everybody has heard about it. … Definitely it's something that can make you believe. I know I'm using that."
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