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October 23 Camden Courier-Post:
“While most Philadelphia fans will focus their attention tonight on Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, most of Canada will be watching a hockey game being played across the street between the slumping Flyers and rejuvenated Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs and Flyers are the featured game tonight on Hockey Night in Canada, the Canadian equivalent of Monday Night Football, and both teams are looking to rebound from one-goal losses at home Thursday night.
The Flyers (2-3-1) have stumbled out of the gate after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, while the Leafs have opened the season 4-1-1 after finishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
“It’s been rough for them the last few years,” said Flyers center Danny Briere, who leads the team with four goals. “They never really had good teams, but this year seems to be different. The one thing with Toronto is you know it’s always going to be hard because they always play tough and I expect the same thing from them this year.”
October 23 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Comebacks are a mind game, Danny Briere said. Nothing more, nothing less.
Briere would know. He was an integral cog on last season’s Flyers, who captured the hearts of Philadelphians by overcoming extraordinary odds in a three-games-to-none series deficit against Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Remember that three-goal deficit that was erased in Game 7? It all started in the Flyers’ minds.
“More than anything, you have to believe that you can do it,” Briere said yesterday, in light of the Phillies’ attempt to overcome something vaguely similar. “I’ve been on teams that we’re looking at ourselves, down 3-1, and we’re saying, ‘OK, maybe we’ll win one game.’
“You need to imagine that you can win all four games. That’s the feeling I had, and so many other guys had last year.”
October 23 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“This isn’t the way the Flyers had planned it.
They had hoped to build on the momentum generated from last season’s unexpected trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Instead, they find themselves treading water (ice?) after a lackluster 2-3-1 start that includes three straight losses, all at the Wells Fargo Center.
“We’ve got to find a way to win those home games, and right now we’re not,” center Claude Giroux said. “It could hurt us at the end of the season, so we need to regroup and find a way to win Saturday.”
Having missed a chance to establish themselves as an Eastern Conference power during their longest home stand of the season, the Flyers will try to take a positive step Saturday when they host surprising Toronto (4-1-1). It will be the Flyers’ fifth and final game of the home stand.
October 23 Philadelphia Daily News:
“With 62 seconds left in the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Anaheim Thursday night, Claude Giroux sat on the bench gazing into oblivion – far away from Peter Laviolette’s frantic play-drawing on the clipboard next to him.
Just before that, while Laviolette was pondering whom to throw on the ice, assistant coach Craig Berube motioned toward Giroux and the head coach shook him off.
Admittedly, it was a tough call for Laviolette, who has proved to be a coach who wins and loses based on gut decisions.
“It is [tough],” Laviolette said. “There’s a lot of talented guys. But you’ve got to make that switch. If he comes on, someone needs to come off. You can take off a 40-goal scorer if you want, you can take off a faceoff man, or you can take off the guy who is really good in front of the net. But someone needs to come out.”
To decide the game, Laviolette sent out Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Danny Briere, along with Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger. Scott Hartnell, the pest in front of the net, was the extra attacker with Sergei Bobrovsky on the bench.
Laviolette said that’s “not a complaint” about Giroux.
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