“In the end we wanted to get Michael back in there”, Laviolette told Comcast Sportsnet.¬† “He’s bounced back from these situations in a good way.¬† Our team has bounced back from these situations”.
Throughout the season, Leighton has played well in games after contests in which he was pulled.¬† CSN’s Jim Jackson said he thought Leighton was 3-1-1 in those games after being pulled which is pretty good.
Most of the Flyers who talked yesterday made it a point to emphasize how the play of the rest of the team needs to improve in order to give Leighton a chance to do his job.
“Passes from behind the net to a guy right in front, I don’t think Marty Brodeur in net is going to stop them,” said Flyers forward Scott Hartnell.
Defenseman Matt Carle didn’t think any of the scores were the fault of the goallie.¬† “I don’t think any of those goals were particularly his fault,” Carle said. “It seemed like a basketball game. Whoever has the last shot is going to win. It was kind of a sloppy game. They have the tools to play that kind of game. It doesn’t fit our style.”
I was impressed with the confidence of Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who is already a Stanley Cup Finals champion.¬† I think he stabilizes this team and gives the other guys confidence that they can make the needed adjustments to get back on the winning side of things tonight.
The Flyers have aslo announced that Dan Carcillo will play tonight.