Flyers stress it was just one loss

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VOORHEES, N.J. -- The way the Philadelphia Flyers see it, the Penguins could just as easily have picked up their lone win in this playoff series differently.

It just so happens that, faced with elimination, the Penguins dominated a leaky Flyers team Wednesday to win Game 4, 10-3.

"I think you lose 1-0 or 50-0, at the end of the day, you didn't lose three games. It's just one loss," Philadelphia center Daniel Briere said Thursday after practice. "We had a lot of positives in the first three games. We're going to go back and look at a lot of that."

There's no dent in the Flyers' confidence because the Penguins happened to win the most recent game, winger and former Penguins forward Max Talbot said.

"Whatever game they win, it's 3-1 in the series," Talbot said. "They could have won the first one, the second one. The fact is it's 3-1. We still have a chance to finish this. We still believe [in] our chance.

"Last game was 10-3, yes, but 3-2 in triple overtime, 10-2, 25-2 -- I don't care. We're going to wake up [this] morning and be up, 3-1, in the series, and we believe in ourselves."

The Flyers also will be waking up in Pittsburgh, where they are 7-1 since Consol Energy Center opened.

"It's a building that we've played well in," Talbot said. "So that's not an aspect where mentally it's difficult. We know we can win there."

Winger Scott Hartnell said the jolt of the place alone will help erase Game 4.

"We get in that building, that atmosphere. It's a pretty loud building," Hartnell said. "They've got some good fans. We won't be thinking about Game 4 at all. We'll be focused on what we have to do."

That included correcting some things from Game 4.

In Game 3, an 8-4 Flyers win, the Penguins had some meltdowns that led to penalties and suspensions. In Game 4, it was Philadelphia that kept marching to the penalty box, a total of 16 penalties for 64 minutes. The Penguins were 4 for 9 on the power play.

"One of the things we did a really good job of earlier in the series that we got away from is staying composed and disciplined," Briere said. "Those two things, we completely threw out the window [Wednesday]."

Power plays have come often and with success in the series. The Penguins are 7 for 14, the Flyers 9 for 15.

"It's tough for the goalies," Philadelphia winger and former Penguins forward Jaromir Jagr said. "It's tough for the defense. Especially the way they called it [in Game 4]. It reminded me of the games right after the lockout in [2005-06] when they called everything. But that's what they told us they were going to do. That's why there were so many power plays. Both power plays are doing very well, but it can change any minute."

The Flyers, coach Peter Laviolette noted, weren't strong in five-on-five play in Game 4, but it wasn't because of different directives from the coaches.

"We have not changed our style," Laviolette said. "We are trying to defend a good hockey team. [Wednesday] night, we failed. Miserably."

Philadelphia could be looking at lineup changes. Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, who left Game 4 after absorbing hits from Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy, did not practice.

Winger James van Riemsdyk, who hasn't played since March 1 because of a broken left foot, has been skating and practiced on a regular line with Matt Read and Jakub Voracek.

Van Riemsdyk officially is listed as day to day, and Laviolette was tight-lipped on his status for tonight, saying only that "He's looked better every day," but he would seem to be a good addition if he can play. Last season, he had seven goals in 11 postseason games..

"I love playing in these pressure atmospheres," van Riemsdyk said. "Last year, I was given an opportunity to play a lot, to contribute, and I just went from there."


First Published April 20, 2012 1:00 PM


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