Feb 122011
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette

By Justin Adkins:

On Friday, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette appeared on the Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes Show on 97.5 The Fanatic.  He was asked whether this season should be considered Stanley Cup or bust.

“It is for me,” Laviolette said, via courierpostonline.com. “Our objective has remained the same. Last year was a different road. There was so much work to be done that we couldn’t really focus on the playoffs. We had to live in the moment and make sure we got there.

“This year is a little bit different because there is a public perception now, especially in Philadelphia, that it is all or nothing. But as far as our players go and myself and the organization, yeah, I would say it is all or nothing. Anything short of (a Stanley Cup) would be a disappointment.

“We went to the finals last year. It was a good journey and a good ride, but ultimately we failed. We didn’t get it done. If we’re going to take the next step from an organizational standpoint there’s only one more level to take it to. Short of that will be a disappointment.”

The Flyers continue to lead the Eastern Conference in points — trailing only the Vancouver Canucks by two points for the overall NHL lead — and for winger Scott Hartnell, that’s where they need to remain.

“The one seed is definitely on our minds,” said Hartnell.  “We’ve been at the top of our conference almost the whole season. These next few games we want to put some distance between us and the teams behind us. If the Presidents’ Trophy comes into play, that’s a great accomplishment. But I think we all know what the end game is and that’s the Stanley Cup.”

Hartnell and the rest of the Flyers will look to continue their dominance of the Eastern Conference with the final game of their current homestand against the Kings.  Then it’s on to four straight on the road, starting with the Tampa Bay Lightning, continuing with Carolina and Florida, and ending with the New York Rangers.

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