The Flyers stood on the razor’s edge last Friday before Simon Gagne hobbled onto the ice on his broken toe to score the 5-4 game-winner in overtime and stave off elimination.
Now, they’re headed back to Boston for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Otherwise, it would’ve been time to pick up their razors and shave those playoff beards.
“It’s not an easy situation to be in,” said Danny Briere, who has three goals in the series. “One play can send you home or let you play another day. But I like our composure.”
What choice do they have? Briere and his mates are still facing seemingly insurmountable odds as they attempt to become the first NHL team since the 1975 Islanders to dig out of a 3-0 hole.
“We know we can pull ourselves out of tough spots when one false move and our season is over,” said rookie James van Riemsdyk. “That should give us confidence going into next game.”
But no guarantees.
“You don’t want to read too much into this,” said Matt Carle, who had four assists Friday. “It’s just one game. We have a tough task ahead of us.”
Knowing one slip — and the razor awaits.