Home Sweet Road, Lavy’s Plan WorksBy Kevin K
The Philadelphia Flyers returned home last night after playing 9 out of 10 games on the road. The Flyers are the best team in the Eastern Conference right now and went against the best team in the Eastern Conference a year ago, the Washington Capitals. So how do the Flyers look to continue their hot streak against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, they stay in a hotel in Center City.
The Flyers have been so used to playing on the road as of late, Coach Peter Laviolette decided to keep his team focused the team would spend the afternoon after practice at a hotel in Center City, it worked.
“I don’t know the rationale or the reasoning behind it, but there’s something to the fact that when you come off of road trips, you get home, you get settled in and you play a flat game,” Laviolette said. “Maybe just to keep that road mentality, maybe to keep guys away from home and the honey-do list that might be growing and getting longer and just stay focused on hockey and the job at hand.”
Lavy’s plan worked as the Flyers did anything but play flat against a tough team in the Capitals. Despite giving up a two goal lead, the Flyers were continued playing strong all night. The Flyers played like champions continuing their strong play into overtime where Andrej Meszaros put home the game winning goal.
With the win last night, the Flyers lead the Eastern Conference with 65 points and a record of 30-11-5. The Flyers are 14-6-2 at home and a very impressive 16-5-3 on the road. Want to read more on the win? Read Stephen Whyno’s post from Philly Sports Daily. (Laviolette quote courtesy of Philly Sports Daily).Flyers Notes:
- Chris Pronger will see Doctors today and if everything goes well Pronger could return Thursday against the Senators.
- Flyers have signed GM Paul Holmgren to a three year contract extension worth about $4.5 Million, according to the Daily Times.