The Flyers face elimination in Game 6 on Tuesday night.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
Tuesday night could be the last time the Flyers take the ice in the 2013-14 season. Of course, that is under their control.
The Flyers host the Rangers in Game 6 from Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 with tomorrow on the line. A win forces a decisive Game 7 in the series and keeps the Flyers season alive. A loss ends with the traditional handshake that sends the Rangers on their way to the second round.
(left to right) Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Eric Lindros and Dainius Zubrus shake hands after the Flyers' Game 5 victory in the 1997 Eastern Conference final.
The last time the Flyers and Rangers met in the playoffs was 1997 -- a well-documented tidbit during this series. It's tacit that the NHL is an entirely different game between now and then -- 17 years is a LONG time in the hockey realm -- but just for fun, this week's Flyers Five looks at similarities and differences within the team then and now.
On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast on Flyerdelphia.com, Steve Jacot and Hal Greenblatt look at the Flyers as they head into game 6 against the New York Rangers, down 3-2. Topics include the team's line and offensive difficulties, Hal Gill vs. Erik Gustafsson, Steve Mason, Scott Laughton, and more.
It's not a stretch to say that Hal Gill's play cost the Flyers the game on Sunday afternoon. Gill was on the ice for the Rangers' 2nd and 3rd goals that effectively buried the Flyers at 3-0 in the second period, and both came directly following miscues from Gill. On the second Rangers goal, Gill whiffed on a glorious scoring chance that could have (and should have) knotted the score at 1.