Flyers coach Peter Laviolette says to him, every playoff series is a book. And after Saturday's 7-3 loss in Game 1, he's more than ready to turn the page.
"You look at a series as a book, and that was Chapter 1," the coach said two hours before Game 2. "Here's Chapter 2 tonight. We're excited to get going and try and write a different ending to a chapter."
Whether this chapter includes defenseman Chris Pronger, however, remains to be seen. Pronger didn't play the final five minutes of Game 1, but did practice with the team on Sunday. He was not on the ice during Monday's morning skate, and Monday afternoon TSN's highly respected Bob McKenzie tweeted that he was hearing Pronger would not be available for Game 2.
The Flyers refused to comment on anything regarding Pronger, referring to this morning's injury update, which listed Pronger as "OK."
Regardless of whether the big blueliner plays or not, Laviolette said his team needs to be better in all areas of its game to avoid heading to Boston down 0-2 in the series.
"It's really hard to get an assessment on Game 1," said Laviolette. "We watched it and it was worse than in real life. I don't think we played like that at all in the Buffalo series, even in the losses we had. I don't know how good they were or how bad we were. It's hard to get the right mix. The second part of it, we can be a lot better at what we do. We played some pretty good hockey this year. It didn't translate in Game 1 for us, in any aspect of our game."
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