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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, April 20, 2012


The Flyers dressed five rookies Friday in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series in Pittsburgh.

That just might explain why there will be a Game 6, the Penguins avoiding elimination with a 3-2 victory.

While the Flyers have been courageous in taking their 3-2 series lead, they have to be experiencing some doubt now.

That leaves it to the veterans to lead Sunday in Game 6 ... or risk a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh.

"I wouldn't call them rookies any more," said Scott Hartnell, after scoring his first goal of the series. "They've played in a lot of games. They have played in a lot of big games. And they played well in those big games. So the whole season is riding on this one game here."

Added Hartnell: "We definitely don't want to come back for Game 7. And we have to be great to beat them."

Check out my column in the Daily Times and on Saturday, along with a story about revived Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.


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