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Flyers ink Laviolette to multi-year extension

Wednesday, 08.01.2012 / 11:21 AM / News

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Three consecutive playoff appearances have earned Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette a multiyear contract extension.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced the extension Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Laviolette has compiled a 122-73-26 record since taking over for John Stevens in December 2009. He led the Flyers to an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals that season after Philadelphia bested Boston in the conference semifinals despite losing the first three games of the series.

The Flyers collected 47 wins in each of the last two seasons only to be knocked out in the Eastern Conference semifinals, most recently by the New Jersey Devils.

Holmgren says Laviolette has done "a terrific job" to earn the extension.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round