Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lavy, Crosby, Bylsma: War of words

PITTSBURGH — If you watched the Flyers rally past the hated Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, 6-4, you are undoubtedly ready for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to begin.

Lavy, Crosby, Bylsma: War of words


PITTSBURGH — If you watched the Flyers rally past the hated Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, 6-4, you are undoubtedly ready for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to begin.

Ready for scrums, goals and insults.

Ready for Claude Giroux to try to outshine Sidney Crosby. Ready for rookie Sean Couturier to attempt to frustrate Evgeni Malkin. Ready to see if Ilya Bryzgalov can carry his recent hot play into the post-season.

In other words, let the playoffs get here, already.

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The Flyers moved to within one point of the fourth-place Penguins - their expected opponent in the first round of the playoffs - by overcoming an early 2-0 deficit on Sunday at the Consol Energy Center.

Late in the game, Mount Lavy erupted. Coach Peter Laviolette broke Max Talbot's stick in anger and got into a shouting match with Penguins assistant Tony Granato.

Both were ejected.

After the comeback win, Laviolette criticized Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for putting out his goon-type players at the end. Several scrums erupted after an open-ice hit by the Penguins Joe Vitale leveled Danny Briere with 1:03 to play.

"Those guys hadn't played in 12 minutes," Laviolette said of the Pens' late lineup. "It was a gutless move by their coach."

Said Penguins star Crosby: "I’m sure (Laviolette) doesn’t like to see one of their top players getting hit... Maybe he shouldn’t have put him out there.”

Bylsma complained about Brayden Schenn hitting Crosby late in the game.

"That's clearly a cheap shot, clearly a guy targeting a player," Bylsma said.

With 1:03 left, there was a lengthy delay as 15 penalties (most of them misconducts) were assessed for 52 minutes.

The teams will end the regular season with a game in Pittsburgh Saturday that may decide who gets the fourth seed.

Let the playoffs begin.

Grossmann injured. Nick Grossmann, the Flyers most physical defesneman, left the game with an apparent knee injury in the first period. The Flyers said he was day to day.

Grossmann is a vital part of the Flyers' post-season hopes.

Select company. The Flyers surpassed the 100-point mark for the 19th time in franchise history, tying Boston for the most 100-point seasons in NHL history.

Breakaways. Briere was not seriously injured on the late-game hit, the Flyers said....The Flyers equaled a franchise record with their 25th road win; they have one road game left _ Saturday in Pittsburgh.......Sergei Bobrovsky made a career-high 43 saves......Speedy Jakub Voracek had two goals (including an empty-netter), lifting his season total to 17, a new career high....Giroux on Laviolette: "He has our backs.".....Trailing 2-0, the Flyers scored five straight goals after Laviolette called his timeout and blasted the team....."If that's a sign of what's to come, we're in for a pretty tough playoff series," said Crosby, who had two assists Sunday and now has 50 points in his last 30 regular-season games against the Flyers.

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