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When the Flyers signed Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million contact last summer, they did so not only for his established scoring ability but for his playoff acumen as well.
A 14-year NHL veteran, Lecavalier entered the season with 63 playoff games on his resume highlighted by a Stanley Cup championship with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. During that time, the Quebec native had compiled 24 postseason conversions to go along with 52 career playoff points.
What's more, Lecavalier was a beast during his last postseason appearance three years ago when the 6'4", 208-pound forward notched 19 points in just 18 contests.
But through the first five games of their opening-round series with the Rangers, the Flyers haven't exactly gotten what they paid for.
Lecavalier has just one goal (which didn't come until Sunday's Game 5) and two points and boasts the lowest plus-minus rating (minus-four) among all Philadelphia forwards.
After averaging just under eight-and-a-half minutes (with zero shots) as a fourth-line player through the first two games, Lecavalier was promoted to the second line in Game 3 with the hopes of provoking more scoring opportunities out of the 34-year-old pivot.
Lecavalier does have six shots on goal in three games since but has been a minus player in each of those outings while averaging just over 13 minutes of playing time.