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Laviolette on Bryzgalov gaffe: “That goal was tough. It stung. It hurt.”

May 8, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

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Peter Laviolette didn’t really throw Ilya Bryzgalov under the bus when speaking of the stunning goal that ended up booting the Philadelphia Flyers from the playoffs. He didn’t sugarcoat its impact to NBC’s Tom Layberger, either, though.

“I thought that second goal was a tough bounce,” Laviolette said. “We were in possession and the puck ends up in the back of our net. That goal was tough. It stung. It hurt. I thought our guys were playing hard and skating early in the game. That was more of an unfortunate bounce than anything else.”

In other words, he basically seconded Ilya Bryzgalov assessment of it being “unlucky.” Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that he stood by his goalie after allowing him to fight through some tough times throughout the 2012 playoffs.

When asked if the Penguins series took something out of the Flyers, Laviolette’s response was simple: “No.” Instead, he gave the Devils a lot of credit.

“I think you have to give New Jersey credit for the way they played defense and the way they forechecked,” Laviolette said. “They kept it from being the game that we wanted and we could never seem to get down that road.”

One other thing the Flyers (and their opponents) couldn’t do was take advantage of a 1-0 lead. In their 11 playoff games, the team who scored the first goal went a stunning 1-10, which is just another confounding thing for Laviolette and the rest of the franchise to chew on.

It sounds like they’ll do their best to let that memorable goal go, though.

  1. fiddytucker - May 9, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    First

    • creasemasta41 - May 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      First to comment, last to get laid..

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2012 at 6:25 AM

      Well I’ll say it if Peter don’t ! He stinks ,,,,,,,,,,,in all my years of watching hockey I never seen a goalie look behind him as much as he does knowing the puck is in the net ! I hate the saying by the talking heads ” He’s keeping them in the game” $51 million is not for the regular season its for the PLAYOFFS ! He was responsable for 1 win in 11 playoff games and that was the first game in Pittsburgh !

  2. fiddytucker - May 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Kidding, bryz was our man between the pipes her in AZ…
    We loved him in the regular season, but he always fell short in the playoffs. Maybe he puts it together soon, if not Philly fans are more hard core and more vocal..

    • dmfc1112 - May 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      Anybody who blames Bryz for losing the Devils series either didn’t watch or doesn’t know much about hockey. The lack of team D is what killed them and, in turn, stifled their own offense.

      • polegojim - May 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        That’s well said. Last time I checked… the Flyers lost by more than that goal.
        Foolish by Bryz, but the Flyers lost in MANY other ways.

        Don’t know what happened after beating the Pens, but the Flyers looked out of sorts, uncomfortable in their own skates, and completely out of sync.

        Just watching their passing and puck handling was painful. Not trying to take anything away from the Devils…. but the Flyers LOST that series via bad hockey more than the Devils beat them with superior skill.

      • 12strikes - May 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        So was it lack of Team D that caused him to shoot the puck off one of the Devils and into his own net…. oh… BTW… that was the SERIES WINNING GOAL!

        And riddle me this. When a team wins by shutting out another team the goalie “stood on his head”. When a team loses because the goalie can’t stop a beach ball its “lack of team D”.

        Hmm…

    • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Oh, YOU’RE the coyote fan that followed the team before April. Pleased to meet you!

  3. dannythebisforbeast - May 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Never saw him much in Phoenix but just going by stats don’t see 51 mil goalie.

  4. sheckyrimshot - May 9, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    as much as i love kimmo, this miscarriage of a goal was more on him than bryz.

    • miketoasty - May 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      How do you figure? Bryz had a wide open man to his right but instead tried to string a pass through an oncoming opposing player. At least just throw it to the boards at that point.

      • sheckyrimshot - May 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        pardon the analogy, but dont throw a stick of dynamite wrapped in bacon to a half retarded rottweiler

      • miketoasty - May 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Eh, he was probably just used to having someone back there that knew what they were doing (Bob maybe?).

    • spiffy53 - May 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      agree shecky. i have no idea why kimmo would play the puck back to bryz who struggles handling the puck. it made zero sense. as soon as i saw the pass back i had a bad feeling.

  5. ningenito78 - May 9, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Flyers fans:
    Sorry but I got my prediction wrong after game 1. I said Devils in 6. Sorry for giving your overrated team too much credit.

  6. iluvwikileaks - May 9, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    “Please, Mr., please, don’t play B-17
    It was our song, it was his song, but it’s over.” – Olivia Newton-John 1975

    Seems just like yesterday, huh?

    Well, not really.

    Ha!

  7. rtrmusic - May 9, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    #Flyers1975

  8. pasportyxlc - May 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    just 12 more years of Brzzzzz and the contract is up…..good move Holmey !!!!!

  9. heyzeus143 - May 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    1975

  10. deathmonkey41 - May 9, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    The best part of the Flyers losing every year is not having to listen to that whiney little b1tch Coatesy cry like a little girl about the Flyers getting bad calls anymore.

  11. comeonnowguys - May 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Does it sting more than a certain Leighton overtime softie two years ago?

    • dsd3 - May 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Nope. Not even close.

  12. cmv08 - May 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    The Flyers are just another dirty team that lost because of how dirty they play. Just like Boston. Oh yeah, and they literally can’t buy a Goaltender that doesn’t suck balls in the playoffs. See ya next year Philadelphia Whiners.

  13. rainyday56 - May 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    The universe is so humoungus big, it makes little problems like coughing up a SWG so small . . .

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