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Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers square off in Game 7

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will fight for the right to advance
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will fight for the right to advance
Photo by Bruce Bennett

Game Seven. Those two words are like music to the ears of sports fans everywhere. Today was a day of excitement, nerves and everything else all rolled into one for Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers fans as they prepared for their team to play Game 7 tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Improvement from their Game 6 performance is going to be a necessity for the Flyers if they want to advance.

“We have a lot of things to work on because New York,” said Flyers captain Claude Giroux following Game 6. “They’re a good team. In Madison Square Garden they play a little bit better in front of their fans, so for us we have to have the same attitude and we’ve got to play hard.”

Philadelphia knows going into Madison Square Garden for Game 7 is not going to be an easy task. Last night’s hero Wayne Simmonds expressed that sentiment immediately after the victory on Tuesday.

““I think we just take the positives from this game and keep it rolling,” Simmonds explained. “We've got the momentum, we've got to put our foot on the pedal and we've just got to keep pushing forward.”

The Flyers have not faced a Game 7 in three years dating back to their victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The last time the Flyers played a Game 7 on the road was in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins in which they won 4-3.

Philadelphia has won each of their last three Game 7s and have won four of their last five, including their last two on the road. The Flyers are 3-3 all-time in road Game 7s so tonight will break that even split.

New York isn’t too shabby either in Game 7 as they have also won three consecutive Game 7s including Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in each of the last two season. The Rangers are 5-0 all-time in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

Flyers fans keep reminding themselves there is a first for everything.

The puck is slated to drop at 7:00 pm in New York. The game is televised in Philadelphia on Comcast Sportsnet and nationally on NBC Sports Network. Game 7 can be heard in Philadelphia on 97.5 The Fanatic.