NEW YORK -- Claude Giroux isn’t ready for the journey to end.
After falling to the New York Rangers, 4-2, in Game 5, the Flyers face possible elimination Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. But they’re confident their playoff campaign won’t end there.
The Flyers have a lot of character, Giroux said. They have a lot of passion, he insisted. And they promise to bring both into Game 6.
“We’re not looking at it like it’s the last game of the season,” Giroux said. “We’ve come back all season long when it matters. We’ve got to stay confident about that.”
When the Flyers take the ice on Tuesday, it will be the third time in this series they’ve entered a game trailing the Rangers. They know what it’s like to be in that position and have faith they’ll be able to overcome it once again.
Having the support of their home fans won’t hurt, either.
“We got a confident team in here,” Andrew MacDonald said. “We know what we’re capable of. We’ve been down in the series already a couple of times so we’re going to go back to our home rink and try and even this thing up.”
That confidence, according to the Flyers’ coach, exists because it’s deserved.
Though the Flyers have fallen into early-game deficits in all but one of the games of this first-round series, they’ve never given up. They’ve fought back from two-goal disadvantages, have shut down the Rangers’ impressive power play and have overcome uncertainties in their own net.
And they’re still capable of more.
“It’s a tight series, we all know that,” Craig Berube said. “They’re confident because we feel as a team we can play better. Power play executes in the first period [in Game 5], we execute a few plays, it might be a different game. It’s not like we’re getting outplayed. It’s a tight series. It’s two good games. It’s right there.”
All season long, the Flyers have played their best hockey when their backs were against that metaphorical wall. That’s the reason they set a new franchise record, overcoming 11 third-period deficits in 2013-14.
Tuesday's game ought to be similar.
“It’s do or die, Game 6 at home,” Scott Hartnell said. “We’ve been excellent in crunch time when we need big wins. Our big guys step up. We definitely need everyone going, that’s for sure.”
There are some positives to take away from Game 5, despite the outcome. The Flyers played well late in the third period, nearly tying the game up after trailing 3-0 after 39 minutes. Giroux finally scored his first goal of the series. Vinny Lecavalier scored too, and looked better than he had earlier in the week.
The goal for Tuesday is to build off of those good things -- and finally put in that much-talked-about 60-minute effort that has eluded them in each of the past five games.
“This series is definitely not over,” Steve Mason said. “We’re looking forward to going back home and having a big game there and bringing it back here for Game 7.”