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Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has earned rave reviews from his team for his passionate pregame talks. His job is as much motivational speaker as it is breaking down gameplans. He'll reference the 2009 finals and say, "We can do this."
Wiping out the Flyers at home will be tough. The home team has won every game this series and the Flyers are 9-1 at home in the postseason.
"We know what we're up against," said Pronger, who was on the ice for six of Chicago's seven goals in Game 5 and had one of the worst playoff games of his career (minus-5).
Then, the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday turned him into Pronger the Pinup with an unflattering picture of him in a skirt beside a bold headline that declares, "Chrissy Pronger. Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane."
"I really couldn't care, to be honest with you," Pronger said. "I'm worried about playing the game."
The Flyers are sticking with Michael Leighton in goal after he was yanked in Game 5 (also in Game 1). Leighton has an NHL-low 2.34 goals-against average in 13 appearances since taking over for the injured Brian Boucher in Game 5 of the second-round series against Boston. He finished with three shutouts in the Eastern Conference finals.
If the Blackhawks need any added incentive to finish the Flyers in Philly, it's this: Philadelphia won a Game 7 on the road already this postseason (at Boston) and rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the game.
"We're a confident group here," Flyers forward Simon Gagne said. "We know that coming back for Game 6 at home in front of our fans, we're a tough team to beat."
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