PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said because the team played last night in Montreal, he was planning all along to use Sergei Bobrovsky in net tonight, and that the decision had nothing to do with how Ilya Bryzgalov played.
"We looked at the schedule and this was an opportunity to get him some time," said Laviolette.
Bryzgalov has three straight poor starts, allowing four goals in each, including five last night against the Canadiens. However, Laviolette wasn't ready to pin the blame on his netminder.
"We've got to do a much better job of playing in front of him than we did the last three," said Laviolette. "Far too careless with the puck. We need to tighten it up."
When asked if he thought Bryzgalov looked "comfortable" with the defense in front of him -- a defense missing it's leader, Chris Pronger -- Laviolette said, "I think if we tighten things up in front of him I think he'd have a little more comfort. We turned it over, there's too many odd-man rushes coming back the other way, too many times we're chasing things down."
Laviolette said because last night's game was so disappointing, he's actually happy to have another game tonight.
"It's a good thing," he said. "We can get right back at it and go play a game and try to fix some of the things we need to do better. That's a good thing."
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