BOSTON – The asterisk, denoting that Game 7 may not be necessary, has been removed.
The altar, at the precipice of hockey history, has been set at the TD Garden.
And the message, from Peter Laviolette’s lips to his players’ ears, will be the same tonight in Game 7 – when they try to become the first team since the 1975 New York Islanders to trail 3-0 in a series and advance to the next round – as it was before Game 4, the Flyers’ first of four elimination games in the last 7 days.
Laviolette said yesterday, after the Flyers’ brisk practice at the Skate Zone, that his team is probably sick of hearing from him. We can only see Laviolette’s messages, and sometimes temper, during timeouts. But we cannot see or hear the message that is sent to players before they march out of the tunnel and into the war.