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Laviolette responds to DeBoer: “Who somebody says the pressure is on is irrelevant”

May 3, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette AP

While not quite a war of words, things are heating up between Peter Laviolette and Peter DeBoer.

Pete-ing up, if you will.

/shows self out

A few hours after the Devils head coach said the pressure’s on Philadelphia, the Philadelphia head coach shot back.

“It’s irrelevant. Who somebody says the pressure is on is irrelevant,” Laviolette told The Star-Ledger. “New Jersey’s got a good team. The Flyers have got a good team. It’s 1-1 in the series.

“The team that plays the best on the ice tonight has the best chance of winning the hockey game.”

Described as “a bit testy” in his pregame presser, Laviolette stressed that both teams are desperate, want to win and have equal amounts at stake heading into Game 3. Ergo, the talk about shifting pressure is totally inconsequential.

“I’d like to think our strides are more meaningful tonight,” he said. “I don’t know what switch you turn on, but nobody wants to go down, 2-1, in the series.”

  1. dawglb - May 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I would run into a brick wall for this guy. The Flyers will not lose to NJ.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The pressure is on the 39 year old who’s next game he will be 40,,,,,,,,,, its in his head !

  3. pasportyxlc - May 3, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    just be glad the coaches dont lace up the skates…. Lavi would clean the ice with that putz……Seriously its a tad early to say anything about pressure or must wins….LOL…Its 1-1 for *#&%+ sake……lets play another game or 3 before we start talkin nonsense eh coach……HB early Marty…….hope its a miserible one :-)

  4. pasportyxlc - May 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    pressure time !!!!!! LOL……..

  5. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    hope u filthy fly girls lose

  6. crazemastercraze - May 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Doboer was just catering to fans of the Flyers everywhere: they believe that the cup is somehow owed to them and that they’ll win it every year! but somehow, none of them remember the year before they didn’t win it , or the one before that, or the one before that, etc.

    • crazemastercraze - May 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      sorry “Deboar”….

  7. bcisleman - May 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Hopefully this whole thing will Peter out. That line was inevitable, I guess.

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