Laviolette is a native of nearby Franklin, Mass., and his sister was in attendance at the Marathon when two bombs went off roughly 20 seconds apart, killing at least three people and injuring dozens of others.
"It's terrible, it really is," Laviolette said after his Flyers earned a 7-3 victory Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. "My family's from there, my sister was there and it's just devastating. You read the reports, and I'm sure it's probably going to get worse and more gruesome as it unfolds.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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