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Laviolette says Flyers will stall again versus Tampa Bay if they need to

Dec 10, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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Peter Laviolette is going to make sure everyone remembers how to stall once again.

We’re sure you remember how the Flyers handled Tampa Bay’s 1-3-1 trap the last time they played. Guy Boucher’s “stalling” technique created a firestorm of debate on how to handle their defensive system. As the teams are set to square off again tonight, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette says they’re prepared to do things the same way.

Dave Isaac of Philly Sports Daily gets the word from Laviolette how things will go against Tampa Bay should the passive 1-3-1 come back again.

“Typically we don’t like to announce our game plan for the opponent to the newspaper,” said Peter Laviolette with a wry smile, “but we might sit there for four or five minutes at a time. We might.”

It’s all fun and games until the fans fall asleep in their seats. Depending on which side of the debate you fall on, how this sort of non-lethal “Mexican standoff” doesn’t do the game any favors.

We get it that Tampa does things a bit different and the Flyers don’t want to play into their hands, but let’s hope that Tampa’s inability to keep the puck out of their net will be a better motivator for the Flyers to attack them.

  1. hank10 - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Sorry if this has been covered. Why doesn’t the NHL make trap defenses illegal? If a team is caught employing one, first time a warning, second time a bench minor, third time coach gets ejected and fined. Trap, Left Wing Lock, whatever, game officials should be schooled on what to look for and call it. Or have the replay official involved since he has the bird’s eye view. This BS of beat me if you can is a game killer. Of course there are ways to counter it, but ‘rope-a-dope, four corners’ has to go.

    • icedtearex - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      Again,the powers that be are trying to turn this into a chess match. It is quite simple you morons.If anyone here has ever played the game and played pickup outdoors you would know that the team with the puck has to advance the puck.They would certainly not stand and wait for the opponent to come to them,you have to move the puck.SIMPLE and its already in the rules.Right now ,with the Americanization of this game,the game is on the psych couch.Lets keep it simple.Here in the Great White North when you go fishing its out in the boat with your buds, and a carton of crawlers .Lately ive seen American fishing on tv ,with a boat following the 2 so called fishermen and is this boat is a frigging referee in stripes.Only in America.OLD TIME HOCKEY,EDDIE SHORE.YOU GOT THE PUCK…MOVE IT.

  2. muttbolts - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Ok,make traps illegal,then go ahead and make cycling the puck or dump and chase illegal.you cant ban stuff like that. Iam a fan of fun hockey i dont like teams just sitting around. That goes both ways. The team with the puck control the pace,same as any other sport. You would be pissed if your qb took center,looked up saw a zone defence and said no not gonna play anymore.

  3. rca26 - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Yo, with the way my Bolts are playing, they’d be thrilled to pieces if the Flyers sat on the puck in their own end all game.

    If Laviolette stalls against our porous back end tonight, then he’s just complaining for the sake of complaining.

  4. emoser - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Let’s be honest, if anything the whole stalling issue adds some interest to this particular game. Like I said after the last time, nobody would want to see this happen all the time, but as it stands now it actually makes me even more inclined to see this game. I doubt there’s anyone out there who was planning on watching but now won’t because of what Laviolette said.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I like that. I’m sure the players also like that. Coach Lavi is sticking to his guns and players usually feed off of that. Emoser is right, it will make for interesting TV. And it’s on the NHLN. Haha Mr. Bettman is probably calling both coaches right now.

  6. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    both coaches are doing what they feel helps them win the game.. I have zero issues with that… weather this is a 1-0 game or a 5-4, I love the game no matter how it’s played… Good hockey to watch happens in more than just one way (the scoreboard).

  7. peed1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    The Lightning have not been that good this year. Just shot the puck and shut up

  8. falstaffsmind - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Need to? That’s a laugh. You have the puck. Quit acting like you are forced to sit there with it.

  9. tommytd - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    …and we all know how Tampa, and their “strategies” is tearing up the league this year don’t we!

  10. ballsohardu - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    I used to consider myself a bandwagon tampa fan but this trap has made me turn on them. Thanks for making hockey boring tampa

    Go sabres

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