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Bombings leave Laviolette somber after Flyers' win

MONTREAL - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was in a somber mood after his team’s 7-3 win in Montreal on Monday night.

Bombings leave Laviolette somber after Flyers' win

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Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was in a somber mood after his team’s 7-3 win in Montreal on Monday night. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was in a somber mood after his team’s 7-3 win in Montreal on Monday night. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

MONTREAL - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was in a somber mood after his team’s 7-3 win in Montreal on Monday night.

Laviolette talked about his sister attending the Boston Marathon earlier in the day. His sister was OK, but at least three died and more than 100 were wounded in the bombings.

"It's terrible," Laviolette said after the game. “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."

Before Monday's game at the Bell Centre, a moment of silence was held for the victims.

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Flyers scout Patrick Burke ran in the Boston Marathon, and club president Peter Luukko said he was not injured in the bombings.

Many Flyers followed the news earlier in the day, watching the tragedy on TV and the Internet.

"It's something that is awful and something you never want to see,” defenseman Kurtis Foster said. “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 went out and ended a four-game losing streak - and equaled their highest scoring output (see story) of the season.

“The effort was good right from the start,” Laviolette said.

The Flyers inched to within seven points of the eighth-place New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference. The teams meet Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

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