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Video: PHT Extra — patience in Philly, surrounding Tavares with more talent

Feb 18, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

Prior to today’s Flyers-Isles game — which Philly won in resounding fashion — Brough and I spoke with NBC’s Kay Adams about the plights of both teams.

In Philly, it was a question of patience: How would the Flyers react to their dismal start?

Team president Peter Lukko gave head coach Peter Laviolette and GM Paul Holmgren votes of confidence, which left us to wonder if the notoriously aggressive Holmgren would stand pat, or try to spark his team via trade — if such a trade market exists, that is.

In New York, it’s all about John Tavares, the NHL’s reigning player of the week.

At just 22 years old, he’s enjoying another tremendous season, currently ranked sixth in the league in scoring (20 points) while sitting second in goals, with 12, one behind Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek.

All of which led to a pair of questions: Is Tavares the league’s most unappreciated star? And, how can the Isles build around him?

Here are the answers. Enjoy.

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  1. uncledick - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Kings stunk the first 3/4 of last season and who raised the cup? Be a top 8 team and you have a chance.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I stopped watching after you said goaltending was a issue. Have you watched bryz play at all this season? He has been probably the best flyer so far. Yea he let in a few weak goals but what goalie doesn’t? He has kept Philly in most games.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Only said that “lately” it had been an issue. That would be in reference to getting yanked vs. Toronto, then allowing 4 goals on 18 shots in the loss to New Jersey. Essentially, it was a bit of a letdown after he (as said in the video) had been Philly’s best player for most of the year. That’s all.

      • ml3939 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        He got “yanked” in Toronto because Lavy didn’t want to hang him out to dry any longer. The team was awful in front of him.

  3. broadstbully33 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I don’t think you can blame him for the game against jersey. The guys around him couldn’t get the puck out of the zone at all. He has been worlds better than last year. Yea the first goal against jersey was on him but the rest was on the guys in front of him.

  4. digbysellers - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Flyers fans will get all geeked about scoring so many goals that they’ll forget it was against the Islanders.

  5. jbell33139 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    With all due respect, and Im as big a Flyer fan as anyone, they beat up on the Isles. Lets relax and let them do that to a real squad.

    That’s like getting all gitty over Floyd Mayweather’s performance against Arturro Gatti.

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