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Hartnell: Flyers not hurting enough

by Dan Rosen /

PITTSBURGH -- If the Flyers are going to finally close out the Penguins in Game 6, Scott Hartnell said they're going to have to feel some pain.

Scott Hartnell
Scott Hartnell
Left Wing - PHI
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 11 | +/-: -2
He didn't think they weren't hurting nearly enough after losing 3-2 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

"For us to win, we've got to bear down on our chances and we've got to block shots," Hartnell said. "It's been like that all year. You look at a team like the Rangers; when they're blocking 15, 20, 30 shots a game, I'm sure they're hurting after games. It seems like they're sliding right past us. The (Tyler) Kennedy one there, those things have to be blocked. We've got to realize that and get on that."

Kennedy scored the game-winner 9:53 into the second period on a shot that cleared both Wayne Simmonds and Pavel Kubina before going past Ilya Bryzgalov, who never saw it.

"It's playoffs, you need to block shots, take a hit, do the little things that maybe you don't want to do," Flyers center Claude Giroux said. "But you know what -- when you do block a shot or get a hit, after the game and you've won, if you know you did everything to win it's the best feeling. It's satisfaction. I think we have to do a better job of blocking shots."

The Flyers blocked only 10 shots in Game 5 after averaging 16.5 blocks in the first four games of the series. They won 8-4 in Game 3, when they blocked 20 shots.

"I feel if we play for 60 minutes, Flyers hockey, we're a pretty solid hockey team," center Maxime Talbot said.

According to Hartnell, part of the problem in Game 5 was that the Flyers waited until the last 12 or so minutes of the game to crash the net in an attempt to get the so-called dirty goal. By then Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was already red-hot.

Philadelphia, in fact, hasn't scored an even-strength goal since Talbot beat Brent Johnson with 2:46 left in Game 3.

"We've got to get more hungry, get in there and get dirty," Hartnell said. "We had some chances, but definitely we have to get back to what's working. The last 10 minutes, I don't know if they had the puck across the red line. I know we didn't score there and it's frustrating, but it's good to see when we want to play we can play."

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