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

By Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

The Islanders have had the territorial edge for most of the series, but their coach respects the Flyers' resolve. Trotz said the Flyers were a "very good hockey team. They're a No. 1 seed. There's a reason they're around. We got on them early and they've beaten us three times and they've been in overtime.

"There's two evenly matched teams, so if you really look at the big picture, it's probably fitting that there is a Game 7.


For those who like omens, Vigneault's New York Rangers faced a 3-1 series deficit against Trotz's Washington Capitals and won the final three games - two in overtime - to steal that low-scoring 2015 conference semifinal.

"Probably a lot of similarities," Trotz said of the two series. "There were games we played very, very well and didn't get a victory" in 2015.

Trotz is undecided on his goalie for Game 7. Semyon Varlamov has been terrific in the postseason (2.00 GAA, .921 save percentage) but was shaky Thursday. Trotz could turn to Thomas Greiss, who made 36 saves in his first playoff start in four years in Game 4, a 3-2 Islanders win.

"Both of them are really good options for me," Trotz said.

Hart (2.17, .929 in the postseason), whose 49 saves Thursday were the fifth-most in the franchise's playoff history, will get the call for the Flyers.


"Carter's a young man that's growing with every experience he's being given," Vigneault said.

Vigneault doesn't know if there will be lineup changes Saturday - or at least he wasn't tipping his hand. Couturier and Joel Farabee missed Game 6 with injuries. Both will get treatment and be reevaluated, Vigneault said.

"Like all teams at this time of the year, we have some issues," he said.

The players who are healthy are excited to have a chance to become the second Flyers team in 19 chances to overcome a 3-1 series deficit and win the round.

"It's going to be a lot fun," Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg said. "Game 7 is kind of what you dream of when you're a kid, playing on the street."

Let the street fight begin.

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