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Flyers coach: ‘The season is not over’

Mar 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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After a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, many people are ready to bury the Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff hopes. Head coach Peter Laviolette isn’t in that group.

He insisted that hope isn’t totally lost to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi.

“The season is not over,” Laviolette said.

The odds are heavily stacked against Philly, though. Tonight’s dispiriting defeat leaves the Flyers with a 2.7 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to Sport Club Stats. Only the moribund Florida Panthers (zero percent) have less of a chance.

Even so, team captain Claude Giroux claims that the team will keep plugging away.

“We’re not going to quit,” Giroux said. “You win a couple games in a row, you never know.”

At least they’re keeping their hopes up.

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  1. bobhpine - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I’ll do it for you Philthy fans.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Piney Bob begging for some hot meat in his mouth again.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        I guess broadstreetbeatdown knows all about that since hes from the “City of Brotherly Love”

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        Yeah I learned from your ole lady.

      • handsofsweed - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        Funny. I would have never guessed a WOMAN taught broadstreet how to do that. Makes sense, though. What a queef.

  2. djamesbart - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Poor Max. Just look @ the regret on his face.

    • djamesbart - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      “I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody…”

      • badintent - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

        Stelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllla !

    • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      he was a bargain at 8.75 mill for 5 yrs- still cant believe the pens couldnt come up with that money but paid tk 2 mill per year instead

      • imleftcoast - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Get cheap with a heart and soul guy, championship teams don’t do that. Big baby whiner teams? Oh yeah, no Cup this year Penguins.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    No Laviolette the season isn’t over. However it is only 16 games away from being over. I am enjoying this after all the trash talk I had to hear (rightfully so) after last seasons playoff. Still I am hoping you make the playoffs because the pens would like a bye in the first round. Sincere condolences to the die hard classy Philly fans. Draft is deep next year, keep your heads up.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      I’m praying for Seth Jones. But with the Flyers luck they’ll finish last in the league then lose the draft lottery and end up with the 4th pick. I just want this nightmare season to be over and I’m sure the players are starting to feel the same way. It’s just been a disaster from the start of the season, and I’m including the unnecessary lockout in that assessment. I was beyond excited to have hockey back and this is the product I have to watch? Disgraceful.

  4. withseidelinn - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    They currently have a 2.653% chance of making the playoffs. So I would say it’s over. A couple of teams’ playoff chances were crushed tonight.

  5. cameltoews - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Gnight

  6. jimw81 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Flyers are 14-21-2 since Penguins series in playoffs. That’s 14 W 23 L. Unacceptable for a NHL coaching staff and NHL personnel management.

    • bobhpine - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Since last April the Flyers have one more win than the Penguins have since 20 days ago. Awesome.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        How was your visit at the White House yesterday? Oh wait thats right they don’t honor golfing clubs.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Hey broadstreetbeatdown how long has it been since the flyers visited the White House?

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I beg to differ ! With all due respect your Captain ain’t a Captain ! Your goalie stinks even though after every lose I have to hear its not all on him or that puck was deflected nothing he could do its all bull ! The other team knows if they just keep getting pucks on him they go in and thats a good feeling as a shooter ! Renaldo and Talbot are the only ones who take every shift like its their last and I don’t want to hear how Simmons is a warrior just because he gets cut a lot he takes a lot of time off ! Sean Coutier and the rest of the team are clones lazy soft bums ! Your team can’t even draw penalties because they never buzz ! Other than that everything is great !

    • bobhpine - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Really poor grammar, really poor spelling, incoherent point, totally negative (I think).

      That puts you in the top 1% of Flyers fans in intelligence.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Piney Bob how is your poodle grooming business and wine tasting club coming along?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM

        Your moms really poor !

    • itripledogdareyou - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      With all due respect Eiggle – Crosby is a captain that I’m sure any team in the league would kill for. He’s obviously doing something right in the leadership category, his team has won 13 in a row and is leading the conference. He scored the winning goal in last night’s game to keep the streak going. That’s what captains do – step up when they need to. He’s also averaging 1.6 points per game. While the Pens have depth, its impossible to deny Crosby has carried his team most of the season, especially with the injuries to Malkin and Letang. Imagine if Girioux averaged 1.6 points a game for Philly. Perhaps they would actually still be in the playoff hunt…

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        What are you talking about and how did this become about crosby ?

  8. orangegesus - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    “We’re not going to quit,” Giroux said. “You win a couple games in a row, you never know.”

    Why start now, G?

    I don’t think you guys have a win streak longer than two games this year.

    And right now, Rinaldo is out-playing you.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I like Giroux, but that speech was due in January or February. Too little, too late.

  9. DonkeyStick - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    its over

    • tomahawk12 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Been saying it for years…If the Flyers put half as much energy into playing the game to win on the scoreboard instead of seeing how may cheap hits (physical?) they can get they would be much more successful. You can be physical without trying to live up to past years reputations and glory…every time I have to endure watching Philly, I say/see the same thing. Points win the game, not cheap “lets see if I can get under the skin” stupidness. Yeah, I know there can be advantages sometimes to causing penalties creating PP, but I would guess the ratio is 70-30 that it proves to be a negative.

  10. tbbolts91 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    2.7%…. So you’re saying there’s a chance?!

  11. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    NA NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY GOOD BYE FLYERS PLAYOFF CHANCES!!!!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Pens fans are very happy flyers are out I understand ! Because if the flyers were in, the Pens would be out in the first round ! Your happiness is not sarcasm it is relief !

  12. valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    The Fat Lady is done warming up her pipes and is about to sing. At this point the Flyers would be wise to trade off the unwanted players to free up cap space,and tank the season for a good draft pick. There are not that far away from a top three pick.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      We are not the Hens valois. We don’t purposely tank seasons for draft picks.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        Broadstreetbeatdown Crosby and Malkin were the results. Proff that the end justifies the means. I know it’s not exactly cricket but when you are so close to the bottom and so far from the top, like it or not, it is the best thing for the team.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Sorry proff should be proof.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        Thats OK Valois I’m not the spelling police like Piney Bob. This team competes till they are eliminated. They were in the same situation a couple of years ago when it came down to the last game of the season. Tanking the season might be the way the Hens and the Oilers do business but not this team. Six years ago they were in dead last and turned it around in a season. Like Lavy says it ain’t over yet.

      • tbell1980 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        yeah broad, it’s not the way the Flyers do business… that’s exactly why they haven’t won a cup since 75′. As a pens fan i absolutely despise the flyers… but as a fan of hockey, i think valois has a point. It may not be the classiest way of getting a winning time by tanking… but when have the flyers ever worried about being classy?

  13. bobhpine - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    It’s funny. I comment on hockey, and Flyers fans comment on me. Maybe it’s easier for them to think about me instead of their joke of a team. They’re so used to disappointment they lash out against the people who dissect their losing.

    Have at it.

    I had a great time at the game tonight. I can’t wait for the playoffs!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Commenting on someones grammar, spelling and intelligence is a hockey comment? Seems like a personal insult aimed at another poster to me. You really are a Piney Homer.

    • ml3939 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      You barely comment on hockey. You troll Flyers articles. You boast about drinking wine. What kind of responses do you expect?

      And you consistently avoid the big question. What kind of pride can you have in a team that has it’s championships and exists in its current location because it admittedly tanked games to garner the top pick the year Mario was eligible for the draft? I can see why the fan base is on and off the band wagon.

    • ryanrockzzz - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      I don’t comment much, but I’m looking at you starting off this comment thread going: BOOO. Is that Hockey, or is that aimed at Flyers fans?

      It’s great your team is doing well, they are clearly better than the Flyers this season. The Penguins, much like the Thunder in the NBA, or the Nationals in the MLB, have had the good luck to be in top draft position when franchise changing players were available and have stayed good because they were bad for a while.

      Hopefully the Flyers can do that also, it sure seems they are headed that way this year.

  14. President Charles Logan - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Why is Laviolette still the coach of this team?

  15. 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    $51,000,000 for a goalie who can’t stop any pucks. Devils have backups in the AHL who would give you more key timed saves. He sucks humongous big bear balls.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      I’d rather have Bryz in net than Beach Ball Fleury. Have fun with that first round exit again.

      • bigwayne75 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        But at least they will be in the playoffs. Enjoy watching playoffs without the Flyers.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:35 AM

        hey broad, (perfect description for you) ….you’re getting smacked around like a red headed step sister on here, get up out of the fetal position , dust your knees off and go home and get some rest, come back tomorrow with some better replies then these lame posts you’re putting on here.

      • upyoursnfu - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:18 AM

        That’s like saying I would rather lose than win. Said it before and will say it again…you are a moron.

      • koontang11 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:22 AM

        fleury took a team to back to back stanley cup finals..and won one.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        President Charles Logan of the Fanboy legion is your typical internet tough guy. He’s never been in a fight, competed and won for something, nor has he any accomplishments. He would rather judge winning and losing in the number of thumbs up his homer cronies give him and call that smacking someone around. He claims he is not a Hens fan yet seems to troll on every single Flyers thread and post his man love for Cindy on every article. perhaps he is confused? or he could be Piney Bobs wine sipping partner. Who knows?

  16. jkay1818 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Are we done now PHT? (philly hockey talk) every single team is within arms length, the one team who pretty much isn’t are the Flyers, but yet everyday we have to hear “big game for flyers tonight, must win if they want to get in” that headline twenty different ways. They aren’t good, only a few guys play inspired hockey, simmonds comes out to play, fedotenko had the most hustle tonight. This is an overhyped team. Giroux is good but he isn’t a dominant player. nothing wrong with that, the media hypes him up more. the big issue is, these young stars aren’t as great as the fans and media made them out to be. Sean Coutuerier is GARBAGE. all we see “lets deal couts for bobby ryan and a ducks #1″ ” how about yandle and picks for couts” The guy is so soft, he isnt developed offensively and hes on the ice for a TON of goals. He’s young, he’ll improve but he’ll never be a star. Enough already. Can we please stop hearing about this team? “flyers take on devils tonight for a must win to keep it going” Let’s be honest, they are done, the yare closer to being dead last in the conference than they are to the playoffs. Everyone is tired of seeing articles about how big each game they play is. the islander games are more impt, the sabres games are more impt.

  17. bobhpine - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    U mad bro?

  18. hockeyfan28 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Currently sitting with the fourth worst record in the league come on boys lay a few more eggs
    Jones, Mckinnen, or Drouin gonna look pretty good in orange and black

  19. dawglb - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    It is ridiculous how many absolutely nonsensical posts there are regarding Flyers hockey (stating how many reports you can help with…
    So many haters out there. The truth is, this team is mediocre, at best. I love this organization, but they are average on a good night. A bump in the road. They will be back to the top 10 in the League soon.

  20. 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    “The season is not over,” Laviolette said” Should read “The season is not over, buy my job sure as hell is,” Laviolette said”

  21. canucks30 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:03 AM

  22. theageofquarrel - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Oh but is Petey Lavatory. It surely is.

  23. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Hahahahaha

  24. mj1818 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    It’s over. Re-build, fire Laviolette, trade hartnell and giroux

  25. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Welp, time to go get a forward or two……

  26. bgrillz - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    If you stop yelling and listen, you can hear the fat lady warming up in the distance.

  27. hockeyfan1701 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    I hate the Flyers, but I love to hate Flyers and it sucks they will not be in the Playoffs. It is good for Hockey to have them in the Playoffs. It is the 4th largest TV market in the US. A playoff match up against a high profile team Pittsburgh/Washington/Rangers will draw huge ratings.

    And BTW every time you post broadstreetbeatdown I am sure the rest of the Flyers fans cringe.

    • sizzle299 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Yes these posts read like 6th grade email chains from the same names over and over. Make your point, put in your funny one-liner and move on. It’s a dumb message board, j/c

      Besides, this will be all done with when the Pens stink again for a couple decades and the know-nothing bratty fans go away and leave the actual fans of the sport who get the good banter going.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Um dude, I’m sure some Flyers fans don’t appreciate my posts; however, I’m more than confidant that it pales in comparison to the cringing they do in response to the fanboy legion’s never ending drivel against our team. Oh, and BTW did I mention I could care less about your opinion? Look at the first post in this thread. Just sayin’ bro.

  28. whammy87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Hey filthy look at the bright side, you still have a Pa team to cheer for! Pens won again…whammy!!

    But hey gayroux still had his ea NHL cover and Crosby does not. Has to suck for 87. Oh BTW he scored winning goal last night…. Whammy!

    But seriously…
    Jagrs on the trade block again….

    • sizzle299 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Example A from above comment.

      • whammy87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        1975 forever! F u filthy!

      • ml3939 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Since bobhpiningforattention is too much of a skirt to answer, maybe you will, what kind of pride can you have in a team that has it’s championships and exists in its current location because it admittedly tanked games to garner the top pick the year Mario was eligible for the draft? Though, I am guessing you are new to the band wagon.

  29. jaybird22seven - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    What’s the over/under on Peter losing his job by the end of the regular season ?

  30. ironman721 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    To Philly fans; it’s been a short cluster of a season and your team is young with a lot of talent. No way you miss the playoffs next year. Keep your heads up and hell, baseball season starts next week. I can’t say that about my perennial disappointment know as the pirates.
    To my fellow Pens fans that are not trolling; keep doing what’s right!
    To my fellow Pens fans that feel the need to 🚮talk. Act like men cause you don’t win 💩in march! You are embarrassing the rest of us.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Class act Pens fans right here. Wish bobhpine and others would take notice. You don’t have to be a jackass ALL the time. We get it, the Pens are sick, the Flyers are not. They are showing no fight but that does not mean the team is devoid of talent entirely. Look at the Habs… they were HORRENDOUS last season, now they’re at the top of the conference. And this Flyers roster has more young talent than that squad. Get a top prospect in a deep class and do what it takes to get a #1 dman (along with other minor tweaks) and the Flyers will be right back in the playoffs. They clearly showed last season that they have a high ceiling.

      • ironman721 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Agreed.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Good post Phillyphanatic77

  31. flyers89 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Life long Flyers and Eagles fan here (yes I’m very accustom to disappointment)… This season was bound to happen when you make too many poor trades. Out with Richards, Carter and Bob. In with Simmonds, Schenn and Jake. JVR for Luke was a good move but to gut your team like Paul did just was the wrong move. You sign a win now goalie but surrounded him with a young developing team SMH.. Bryzgalov needed that 2010 team not this group of young men… Hopefully a full off season all together will help them… P. S if any body should be let go it should be Paul.

  32. drwang13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Go home Lavi, you’re drunk

  33. flyerguy73 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Stick a fork in us, we are done! They don’t even look like they want to win on the ice. Gagne needs to retire, Giroux needs to get that C off of his jersey, Coburn needs to go away, Couturier, and Briere (do they still play on this team?) Hartnell has done nothing since the foot injury! The defense is just horrible. Simmonds, Voracek, Rinaldo are the only players playing with heart. The team is in a pretty sad state of affairs. Lavy will be gone at the end of the season when they don’t make the playoffs.

  34. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You call that competing, looks more like thuggish, goonish, garbage to me.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      what are you watching? They didn’t compete, that’s obvious, but nothing about their play was “goonish” or “thuggish”. In fact they could’ve used a fight by Rinaldo or a big hit, that might have pumped a tiny bit of life into this decaying corpse of a hockey team.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Chin up, phillyphanatic Yes they are having a bad season but it is much the same team as last year, which was a good team. This is a short season that went awry for them. Now is the time to shed the excess garbage and bad cap hits for picks.Also call up some young defensemen to garner some NHL experience and show what they can do. Worst case scenario will be a top three draft pick.It has been a long time for teams like Detroit and Philly to have a top draft pick which is the down side to always making the playoffs.

  35. steelr66 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    note to flyers fans, it never counts when it is only your coach saying you are “the best player in the world!”
    giroux is a dog turd.

  36. joeyb3878 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    I love how mad Penguins fans are. Pretty pathetic when you waste more energy hating the Flyers, that took your Pens and had its way with them almost a year ago, then you do cheering your own team……… At least Flyers fans still go to games even during the down years.

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