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Pronger was hurt on Feb. 24 against the New York Islanders when his hand was struck with a puck. The Flyers started a four-game losing streak the next game and haven’t been the same since he went down.

But GM Paul Holmgren, a former Flyer, doesn’t want excuses. Holmgren, who didn’t get into details about a team meeting he called, wants the Flyers out of their funk _ now.

Pronger does, too.

“It’s always good to talk about what needs to be done, but talk is cheap,” Pronger said. “We’ve got to go out and prove it on the ice.”

Maybe a trip to Buffalo can start the turnaround. The Flyers have already set a team record this season with 25 road wins. They won only 21 times at the Wells Fargo Center and finish the season there Saturday.

Laviolette, who led the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship, has implored the Flyers to ratchet up their speed, their passion, more of the intangibles that he says are “what makes us great.”

“We need to do it,” he said. “We need to be better at that.”

Laviolette is sure of one thing for the postseason. Well, at least for Game 1: His goalie. He named rookie Sergei Bobrovsky the postseason starter this week ahead of Brian Boucher. The Flyers also bolstered their depth in net on Wednesday, when they recalled Michael Leighton, last year’s postseason star, from the minor leagues.

Bobrovsky has 28 wins, a .917 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average. He’s done it all except earn a shutout. Oddly enough, the Flyers have yet to shut out a single team this season.

The Flyers scored only six goals on this skid, but still have plenty of firepower. Jeff Carter leads with 36 goals and Briere has 32. Six other players have at least 20.

The biggest spark for a deep postseason run might end up being Holmgren’s speech. The reality is, though, it will take more than words for the Flyers to win a championship.

“I think it needed to be done. But, at the same time, it is time to stop talking and start acting it out on the ice,” Briere said. “There were lots of little things that needed to be said. That’s step one. Step two is to finish it strong. And step three will be to start the playoffs.”