The Flyers enter tonight looking for their first sweep since 1995 when they swept the New York Rangers. Lifetime, the Flyers are 3-6 in Game 4 when they lead the series 3-0. Giroux leads all Flyers with eight points (four goals, four assists) in the first three playoff games. Danny Briere also has four goals in the three games against Pittsburgh. The Flyers are looking to finish off the Penguins before they can get any momentum. If any team knows about being able to build off of one win, it is the Flyers. The Flyers were down 3-0 to Boston in 2010 and rattled off four straight wins to come back and win the series 4-3 on their way to the Stanley Cup Final. Peter Laviolette, Giroux, Briere, as well as other Flyers were part of that team and know how important it is to end it as soon as possible.
As much as Sunday’s game felt like a “must win” for the Penguins, tonight is a literally a must-win or the season is over. Without the services of James Neal, the Penguins will likely look to Jordan Staal to step up tonight. Neal was responsible for half of the Penguins scoring on Sunday while Staal was responsible for the other half. Staal is the key for the Penguins tonight. The Penguins will also be without defenseman Paul Martin, who suffered an injury in game three. Martin, you may remember, is the player who got run over by Brayden Schenn that prompted Asham to assault the Flyers’ rookie.
The puck drops at 7:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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