“It’s do or die. Do or die, baby. Do or die.”
It was Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas who went on a famous rant in the early-2000s about the team’s win or go home game.
Do or die.
The sentiment rings true for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight prior to their Game 6 matchup against the Rangers. They need to win tonight because if they don’t the curtains will close on their season.
One thing the Flyers have working for them is they have played “must-win” games for much of the last month and a half and they know it. “Well they’ve been in this situation a lot this year,” Flyers head coach Craig Berube said following the team’s morning skate on Tuesday. “The way we started and they battled back, and been through a lot as a team and had their backs against the wall a lot. They’re used to it for sure, and they know what needs to be done tonight.”
The Flyers are 7-10 in Game 6 when trailing 3-2 in a series. The last time they were in this situation was in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Buffalo Sabres in which they won Game 6 in overtime then took Game 7 at home. The Flyers have won two of their last three series in which they have trailed 3-2 heading into Game 6 with their only loss coming in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
The Philadelphia blue line will a little smaller and a little quicker tonight as Berube has switched out Hal Gill for Erik Gustafsson to replace the injured Nick Grossmann. Gustafsson appeared in 31 regular season games for the Flyers scoring twice and registering eight assists for 10 points. He has playoff experience as he played in seven games in the 2012 playoffs scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins and getting an assist against the New Jersey Devils.
The bad news for the Flyers is the Rangers are historically good when leading 3-2 in a series as they are 13-2 in the 15 times in franchise history they have been in this position.
One step at a time.
The first step is tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The game will be televised on Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia and on NBC Sports Network nationally. It can also be heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.