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Everyone has their favorite ride at the amusement park, Laviolette likes the carousel where you ride goalies.
It worked for him in Carolina when he won a Stanley Cup flip flopping between Martin Gerber and Cam Ward.
Unfortunately for Peter Laviolette, it hasn't worked in Philadelphia. Last season he even tried starting a third goalie, Michael Leighton, which was a complete snafu, as Leighton gave up three first period goals.
Laviolette started Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 1 against Buffalo who played well in Game 1 only allowing one goal.
When Bobrovsky gave up three early goals in Game 2, Laviolette not only pulled him, but kicked him up into the press box making room for Leighton, who played one game in the NHL last year.
As we all know, the Flyers crashed and burned in round two against the Boston Bruins. The instability in net led to the signing of Bryzgalov.
Yet here we are halfway through the season and Laviolette decides to start his goalie that hasn't improved from last year in favor of the perceived answer in net.
Whether the Flyers lost or not I told myself before the game I would stand behind this decision. After living through a bad episode of deja vu, I have to say this has to stop.
Until Bobrovsky can show that he can stop a shot that is more than six inches off the ice, the Flyers need to stick with Bryzgalov.
Not only do they need to stick with him, but they can't hang him out to dry like they did against Boston, Tampa Bay and they way they left Bobrovsky out there on the Richards goal.
The Rangers deserved this win today. Could the the Flyers have won? Sure they could.
However, the Flyers continue to allow opposing forwards to skate freely down low, and their coach can't get off the goalie carousel.
Once the Flyers address these issues, they could be in for a season ending in June.
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