Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 6
#6 Boston Bruins at #7
Bruins lead series 3-2
Wachovia Center - 8:00 PM ET - Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN Philly HD, TSN HD, NESN HD, Versus HD (JIP)
Radio: 610 WIP (internet stream here), XM 205, SIRIUS 220
Get the Boston perspective at Stanley Cup of Chowder
Reminder: Game is at 8 PM tonight. An extra hour of waiting, an extra hour of pacing.
Can the Flyers actually do this? With a win tonight, they'll be one step closer to realizing history. But first, they need to win Game 6 in front of the home crowd. The place should be absolutely rocking tonight, especially thanks to an extra hour of anticipation, no Phillies game in town to delay traffic, and just the entire scenario the Flyers face.
It'll be an extra boost to the crowd, of course, but the Flyers can't sit back and feel the comfort of home ice at all. The Bruins are likely going to come out in much different fashion than they did in Game 5 and the Flyers need to be ready for that. It shouldn't be an issue, and the orange and black are good on home ice, so hopefully they're well aware.
They're a relaxed team though, aren't they? I mean, one look at Chris Pronger's media availability today can tell you that. The Flyers are relaxed, they understand what they have to do, and they truly are taking things one game at a time.
I think this mentality will help Michael Leighton quite a bit tonight. Making his first playoff start in an elimination game is not something many goaltenders have to experience, but here's Leighton, in the strangest of circumstances, doing exactly that. The Flyers will need to clear pucks in front of him and make sure the Bruins fail to get solid looks at the net.
On the other end of the ice, the Flyers need to continue to be absolutely relentless. The Hartnell-Briere-Leino line needs to keep things up. Gagne and Richards need to keep it up. Basically, the Flyers have to keep doing what they've been doing the last two games. Most importantly, they need to keep winning the puck battles.
If this happens, the Flyers will likely be shipping up to Boston one more time. Let's hope they take one more step toward history tonight on home ice.
Game thread will be up at 6 PM like usual, despite the 8 PM start. Join us, and Go Flyers.