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Laviolette stands up for Ilya Bryzgalov: “We all need to be better”

Apr 18, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette AP

For better or worse, Peter Laviolette has been very patient with Ilya Bryzgalov‘s struggles in the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After all, many of the chances that beat Breezy were the result of some porous defense – and Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five of Wednesday’s 10 goals, too.

Sam Carchidi reports that Laviolette voiced his support of Bryzgalov, saying that he “has been satisfied with Bryz’s overall play in the series.” Tom Layberger got to the bottom of why he pulled Bryzgalov for Bobrovsky in the first place, in case that wasn’t evident.

“At that point Bryz needed to come out,” Laviolette said. “He had seen five goals in about (23) minutes and that was enough for him. He had been carrying the load for us and I think it was important for him to come out of that situation.”

Quite logically, Laviolette spread some of the blame to other Flyers players, as you can see on Philly’s official Twitter feed.

“Generally speaking, we all need to be better at what we do,” Laviolette said. “I’ve said it numerous times that desperation wins hockey games.”

The last thing the Flyers should do against a talented – if similarly flawed – team like the Penguins is to act as if they have a big series lead. After all, they’ve seen a team cough up a 3-0 series lead when they came back against the Boston Bruins in 3-0. Losing that sense of desperation could be a huge problem if Philly doesn’t recognize these dangers – or this could just be a sobering warning and useful lesson for a team heavy with young players.

  1. phillyphever - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Lavy’s right, this isn’t all on Bryz (Bob had the same defense in front of him and got lit up as well). The whole team crap the bed big time. Unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable. They need to shape up or else they’re gonna be in the history books in the worse way.

    • flyerfan48 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      Lavy is right, but the fact is that Bryz was paid to be a good goalie that the Flyers can build around. He has seen soft goals, but then made big saves. Lavy did the right thing by pulling him. But, you can’t possibly put Bob next to Bryz and compare them two. Bob played what, 2 games in a month in a half, while Bryz was finding his game, and getting used to the Flyers system. Bob was rusty, and on top of that, he had to play against a hot team(only that game wise) that just scored 5 goals, and on top of that, he had to play backup in the playoffs(he was nervous).

  2. feva4theflava - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    We see this all the time with fleury in pitt. He’ll make amazing saves and then completely blow it. It really eats away at any momentum.

  3. jagrbomb18 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Flyers allowed Pitt to skate in as close to bryz as possible and shoot….more times then not (10 times last night) a team will score lol it’s that simple….the flyers looked like the pens in OT in game 1 for an entire game

  4. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Nice to see him stand up for his goalie , considering that he sits down to pee ! ! !

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