VOORHEES, NJ – The Flyers were about to hit the ice here at practice today at the Voorhees SkateZone hoping to erase negative thoughts and start working towards Game 2 Monday night and coming out with a strong effort. What they found out however when arriving in Voorhees Sunday morning was that practice had been canceled. In a little bit of a surprising move, only the healthy scratches and a couple of the aces took the ice with Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky, but practice was off.
Peter Laviolette described a little bit of a different method for how he wanted to prepare for tomorrow’s game. He watched a lot of video with the team today. “Tomorrow’s a new day. Today’s a new day. We go over things, we look at things, we review things, we talk about things like what we need to do in order to be successful tomorrow night,” Laviolette said. “There were a lot things on video that I think were revealing but most of them I think have to do with attitude, competitiveness.” Laviolette said it wasn’t just a few parts of moments that failed them last night, it was several. “You can really go to any part of the game you want. You can go to the power play, you can go to the offensive attack, you can go to the [defensive] zone coverage in front of our net. You need more attitude, and you need to compete better.”
Claude Giroux was another Flyer who was disgusted with the effort. He felt it was clear when watching the tape that the effort was the number one thing missing. Maybe this is the effect Laviolette is attempting to have by canceling practice because Giroux told us a few times that this having to watch this tape was a big reminder of what took place last night. “This morning was kind of a reminder of what we did last night and I think it’s a good thing that we could see that this morning,” Giroux said. When asked if it was anything specific he felt they did wrong, he felt that it was more the team’s attitude and effort. “I think guys had a lot of question marks last night asking what happened and what we did wrong. I don’t think we did anything wrong it’s just that the effort wasn’t really there. As a team it wasn’t good enough.”
When coach Laviolette was asked if he would go back to Brian Boucher to start tomorrow’s game, Laviolette replied in typical fashion, “I have not announced anything yet.” Talking to a few players on the side most believe Boucher will be back in there tomorrow.
The mood was quiet and somber in the Flyers locker room today but the team seems really antsy to get back to things tomorrow. They will need to step things up and everyone, including the defense and Boucher, will need to be better to get the job done in Game 2 against a defensively tough Bruins team.
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