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With skid over, less pressure on Flyers at MSG
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VOORHEES, N.J. -- This time, there is a little less pressure on the Flyers as they take the ice at Madison Square Garden.

There’s no longer a daunting losing streak in New York to overcome.

“I think mentally, it’s a little better,” Claude Giroux said. “At the end of the day, playing home or away we need to make sure we play our game, play smart and play as a team.”

Ahead of their last game at the Garden, exactly a week ago, the Flyers took the ice having lost nine in a row in the building dating back to 2011. Psychologically, there was a barrier to overcome.

Sunday afternoon, the Flyers no longer have to prove that they can win in Manhattan, having won Game 2, 4-2. Instead, they’re out to prove that they’re an even better team than they’ve shown thus far by taking a lead in the series.

“It’s 2-2, even last game we didn’t play our best,” Mark Streit said. “Steve [Mason] played unbelievable. We’ve got to win, but everybody in the room realizes we can play better and we need to play better. That’s got to start [Sunday].”

The Flyers scored a pair of unanswered goals in their Game 4 win Friday at the Wells Fargo Center to tie their first-round series with the New York Rangers 2-2. While they hope to hold onto some momentum from the game -- in which they improved as time progressed -- they realize doing so will be a challenge.

There’s a reason why hockey players move on from games, no matter the outcome, so fast.

“Each game’s different,” Wayne Simmonds said. “It starts off fresh. We obviously are going to try to carry over the momentum we had from last game, but it’s fresh so we’ve got to make sure we come out with a good start, and that’s going to be key the next game.”