Flyers and Islanders will put it all on the line in Game 7

By Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

"There's a lot at stake," Vigneault said in a Zoom call with reporters Friday. "There's obviously a lot of pressure. It should be an enjoyable moment for players and coaches. You get yourself ready and you lay out on the line what you have."

"There's nothing better than a Game 7," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.


"This is kind of what you want as a player," Islanders center Brock Nelson said, echoing sentiments shared by the Flyers. "You've got to win a game. Refocus, reset. Whatever's happened in the past is done. It's about one game and getting ready for that."

It has been a physical, hard-fought series, one that included an eye-opening 137 hits - 73 for New York, 64 for the Flyers - in Game 6.

We've been playing a lot of hockey, both teams. Physical hockey," Vigneault said. "I sort of feel like we're the toy growing up that you keep punching in the face and it keeps getting back up. We've been whacked. We were down 3-1 and we're still there. Gave ourselves a chance."


Vigneault praised the Isles and called them a "playoff-built team."

The Flyers survived Thursday despite allowing 53 shots and allowing too many quality chances.

"I think we just need to tighten up defensively and go from there," said center Kevin Hayes, who leads the Flyers with 13 points and a plus-8 rating in the postseason. "It's a little cliche but the best offense is a good defense. I think with our team, that's true."

Some might say that the best defense is a good offense, but Hayes' point was that the Flyers generate attack time off their defensive play.


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