October 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Even amid a three-game losing streak during the Flyers’ longest homestand of the season, coach Peter Laviolette struggled with the decision to tinker with his lines.
Laviolette ultimately chose to go with a line of Darroll Powe, Claude Giroux, and Mike Richards.
The move paid dividends.
Richards broke out of a slump, scoring his first goal of the season and adding two assists to help lead the Flyers to a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Recently, Richards had been on a line with Jeff Carter and Nik Zherdev. Richards’ new line with Powe and Giroux combined three natural centers.
Danny Briere’s line with Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell was the only one that Laviolette did not change Saturday night.
“I wrestled with the idea” of changing the lines, Laviolette said. “I thought that the lines were good, and I thought Mike had a terrific game. Just seems like things weren’t dropping for us, they weren’t going in. And tonight it seems like we finally got the result to pull away from throwing pucks away on offense.”
The Flyers (3-3-1) have had difficulty this season scoring, going into Saturday’s contest with just 13 goals through six games. Against Toronto, the Flyers put up two goals in the first period, and added two more in the third.”
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