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Laviolette not focusing on "controversial" goal

May 30, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT


There were many positives for the Philadelphia Flyers to build on
from their Game 1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. They dominated play
for the first half of the game and surprised Chicago and the hockey
world with a surprising 3-2 lead after the first period. Furthermore,
they showed why they got to this point in the first place, fighting back
after the Blackhawks took two leads in the second period.

Still, this was a painful loss to take. The Flyers can feel good
about keeping up with a team many feel is much more talented, yet
they’ll also be disappointed and aggravated with the sloppiness of the
game and how Michael Leighton had to be pulled after allowing five goals
on 20 shots.

After the game, coach Peter Laviolette was succinct while addressing
the media. He was clearly not happy with his team’s performance in the
game, and wasn’t all that interested in focusing on the positives.

“You know, you lose a game, the first game of the Stanley Cup Final,”
Laviolette said. “It’s hard to sit here and thumb through the
positives right now. We’ll take a look at it tonight, and tomorrow and
we’ll be ready to go.”

Most interestingly — and for this you have to respect Laviolette on
— he refused to get into the “controversy” surrounding the game-winning
goal. Many feel the play should have been whistled dead when the puck
appeared to hit Tomas Kopecky while he sat on the bench. The play
continued, and Kopecky scored the winning goal just a few seconds later.
Laviolette is only interested in the outcome.

“If a puck hits player on the bench, it’s supposed to be whistled
down. Well, that’s neither here nor there right now. They scored.”

While the play should have been blown dead, there’s no doubting that
the Flyers were grossly outplayed in the final 25 minutes of the game.
Like we’ve seen so many times before this postseason, the Blackhawks
took their play to another level while not allowing the Flyers to do the

That’s what Laviolette and his team should be focused on; while the
Flyers played better — in some aspects — than many expected they still
have a lot to work on.

“Everybody has got to be better,” Laviolette said. “We win as team
and we lose as a team. Tonight we lost as a team. We have to be better
if we’re going to win as a team.”

  1. Fran - May 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    As far as “controversial” goals go, that was wasn’t so bad. So it hit a guy on the bench and should’ve been whistled down, but that happens once and awhile. Refereeing is something that’s prone to human error, just like the game itself. I don’t think it’s a big deal. The Blackhawks obviously deserved to win.

  2. Jack - May 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Let me get this straight…the Blackhawks get outplsyed by the Flyers for the first two periods..scored a goal in the 3rd period with 10 minutes to go,won by just that one goal and you say they(hawks) obviously deserved to win…please put down the crack pipe,Fran…you have no clue what you’re talking about.

  3. BigZ - May 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Isn’t it funny how when a Chicago team loses, it’s because they’re “cursed,” but when a Chicago team wins, it’s because of bad officiating? The Hawks are underdogs simply because they’re a Chicago team, and the Flyers, East Coast and all, have the national media behind them. The Flyers did not get one penalty called, when they should have had 3 or 4 at least.
    Nashville, Vancouver, and San Jose all blamed the officials for their teams losing and never gave ANY credit to the Hawks.

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