Lavy: No need to soften Flyers' practices

Flyers' Danny Briere kneels on the ice during pre-game warm-ups before the Flyers played the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is not second-guessing himself because of injuries sustained last week by Danny Briere and Nick Grossmann.


"They were pretty freak things,” Laviolette said on Friday.

Briere suffered a concussion and is sidelined indefinitely. Grossmann has been “day to day” for eight days with an upper-body injury.

“Two guys collided that weren’t covering each other. They were coming through the neutral zone and they hit,” Laviolette said of Grossmann’s injury. “That’s how one of them happened. The other guy (Briere) got pushed into the boards.”

Laviolette said the injuries have not caused him to soften practices.

“I don’t think you can practice the game of hockey at half speed and noncompetitively” and be successful, he said. “I think it’s a built-in habit, and certainly a habit we need to be better at at times.”

He said it “doesn’t make sense" to ease practices.

 Breakaways. The Flyers say defensemen Braydon Coburn (separated shoulder) and Andrej Meszaros (impending shoulder surgery) are out indefinitely, but they are expected to miss the rest of the season _ unless the Flyers make a miracle playoff run……It’ll fan appreciation day at the WFC Saturday, when the Flyers host the deeply talented Boston Bruins at 1 p.m. The Flyers have lost four straight and begin the day six points out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

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