Sandwiched in-between the general manager talking like no coach firing will be coming after this dying Flyers season ends and with his team finally looking its old self, Peter Laviolette’s uplifting Monday was upsetting. He grew up near Boston. His sister attended the Boston Marathon. Hearing news of the bombings that left at least three people dead and more than 140 injured in his hometown changed his normal pre-game routine to following the news. His sister is OK, but Laviolette was shaken. “It’s terrible,” Laviolette said after the Flyers’ 7-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. “It really is. My family’s from there. My sister was there. It’s just devastating. You read the reports, and I’m sure it’s probably going to get worse and more gruesome as it unfolds. It’s just a real tragic event that happened.” His players were paying attention, too, at the team hotel and at the Bell Centre, with their phones and on television. “I don’t want to talk about it,” goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said. “I can’t take those things.” Defenseman Kurtis Foster went on the internet after waking up from an afternoon nap, then quickly turned on CNN for details. Word eventually spread that Flyers scout Patrick Burke was running in the race and couldn’t finish. “You do pay attention to it before the game ... and guys were talking about it,” he said. “It’s something that is awful and something that you never want to see. You’ve got to just put it in the back of your mind for the night, and go out and go to work.” The Flyers responded with one of their best efforts of the season, one in which they matched a season-high with seven goals after managing just three while losing their previous four games. “We had a quiet confidence in the dressing room before the game and I think we were focused,” said Scott Hartnell, who had the hot hand with three goals for his seventh career-hat trick after scoring just four in his first 25 games.
Flyers win big, but bombings hit home for Lavy
Courier-Post | Apr 16