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Laviolette’s Top Five Flyers Wins

11 Jan

On Tuesday night, Peter Laviolette won his 100th game as head coach of the Flyers. In his first season, he led the team to an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final and ever since has been the unquestioned man in charge. It appears as though the streak of having coaches around for less than three years will stop with Laviolette.

Here are five of his greatest wins since joining the franchise.

Tue, Dec 8, 2009  at NYI 6-2
The Flyers had lost three in a row when they hired Laviolette. They also hadn’t scored in more than two full games. There were growing pains for two more games, but the Flyers showed they comprehended Laviolette’s system in a 6-2 win over the team Laviolette got his first head coaching job with.

Sun, Apr 11, 2010  v. NYR 3-2 SO
These go in chronological order, but this might be the most important of all the Laviolette victories. It appeared as though the Flyers might have a whole summer to rehearse Laviolette’s system, but on the last day of the regular season, they beat the Rangers in a shootout to make the playoffs. From there, they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Fri, May 7, 2010  v. BOS 5-4 OT
On the brink of elimination, the Flyers fought back. They gave up a two-goal lead in the third period and allowed a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation. But then Simon Gagne scored in overtime to keep the Flyers alive. In the interest of keeping this list to five, we’ll also put Game 7 here as well where the Flyers were down 3-0 in the first period and came all the way back to shock the Bruins. Game 4 gets the headlining note only because that’s where the comeback started.

Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at PIT 3-2
It was a gutsy move for Laviolette to start rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in a hostile environment, the opening of Consol Energy Center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bobrovsky made 29 saves against the Penguins and started the year off with a win.

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at BUF 5-4 OT
Another elimination game for the Flyers and by the magical presence of Chris Pronger, who only took five shifts in the game when the Flyers were on the power play, they won in overtime to stay alive in the first round of the playoffs. Ville Leino, now a Sabre, scored in overtime to atone for Laviolette starting Michael Leighton. Leighton allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled. Brian Boucher saved 24-of-25 in relief for the win.

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at PIT 4-2
The month of December was grueling for the Flyers. Ten of their 13 games came on the road. While the start of the month was great, the Flyers had fallen off a bit, losing four of their last five games and had back-to-back losses coming into Pittsburgh. Laviolette had the team focused and not looking ahead to the Winter Classic. Former Penguins Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr were each in the starting lineup and had a hand in the win.