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No momentum to ride?

PITTSBURGH -- Coming off an emotionally draining Game 1, the Flyers seemed intent on Friday morning to put that game behind them and focus on getting another win.

No momentum to ride?

Veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina will replace Marc-Andre Bourdon on the ice in Friday´s game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina will replace Marc-Andre Bourdon on the ice in Friday's game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

PITTSBURGH -- Coming off an emotionally draining Game 1, the Flyers seemed intent on Friday morning to put that game behind them and focus on getting another win.

Player after player said Wednesday’s result will have little impact on Game 2’s outcome. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

“I believe there no momentum from game-to-game in hockey,” Danny Briere said. “There is momentum in the games themselves, but from game-to-game it’s a new chapter. You have to turn the page and focus on tonight’s game.

“The goal for us now is to go home up 2-0. But we have to forget about what happened.”

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Braydon Coburn said every game is “a totally new scenario, a totally new energy.”

As noted in today’s paper, the Flyers have never lost a playoff series (17-0) when holding a two games to none lead. They’ve already accomplished at least a split, now they want to keep that “greedy” attitude to take both games at Consol Energy Center.

“I actually like playing on the road,” Scott Hartnell said. “We’d love to send their fans home angry, knowing what just happened to their team.”

NEW LOOK? With veteran Pavel Kubina poised to replace the injured Marc-Andre Bourdon in the lineup on Friday for Game 2, the Flyers will have a new look on defense.

Bourdon did not participate in Friday’s morning skate.

Peter Laviolette was asked about his team’s reduced mobility on the blue line, since Kubina is a hulking 258 pounds and clearly is not as fleet of foot as Bourdon. That could be a big factor on the third pairing as the Penguins are one of the NHL’s best skating teams.

“I think all players bring different attributes,” Laviolette said. “Matt Carle plays a much different game than Nick Grossmann does. Regardless of who makes the lineup, we’re still the same team.

“Because one player goes out and another comes in, we don’t change our identity. It might change the look of a power play unit, when you lose a player, because you have to move things around. But the identity, the system, what’s worked for us the entire year, I don’t think you blow that up just because one player is out.”

PENS APPROACH: Penguins forward James Neal, who did not participate in Friday’s optional morning skate, said they had plenty of time to absorb Wednesday’s Game 1 loss. Their attitude is similar to the Flyers in trying to shrug off the first game.

“I’m sure everyone rolled around, wrestled with it for a little bit,” Neal said. “That was a tough loss. But it’s best to just lose it and put it behind you. For us, it’s a whole new mindset tonight. We’ve got to put that behind us.”

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