Win or Go Home (Almost)by Erin
The Flyers’s season is on the line tonight when they return home to take on Chicago. After falling behind 2-0, Philadelphia needs to get a win in the series under their belt to avoid falling 3-0 for the second time in the playoffs. After pulling off the ultimate challenge a winning four straight to eliminate Boston, the Flyers chances after a loss tonight would be almost unthinkable.
The city is ready to rally around the home team, as fans all over the Philadelphia are decked out in orange and while, but it is up to the team to capture the win, and redirect the series.
The two players who will have the biggest impact on the game will be goalkeepers Michael Leighton and Antti Niemi. Through the first two games, Niemi has been tough for the Flyers to get past, recording 59 saves, while allowing six goals. Niemi will be put to the test again tonight as Philadelphia will look to put pressure on the net. Leighton on the other hand, was pulled in game 1, after allowing five goals, and then allowed only two goals in game 2, will hope to receive offense support from his team, while protecting the net.
The Stanley Cup finals between the Flyers has certainly not lacked excitement. From the confrontation between Chris Pronger and the Blackhawks Brian Eager, to the Philadelphia goalie situation, tonight’s game will be one step closer to an NHL Champion.