Yes, too late for a playoff run, but Lauridsen and the rest of the young defense have contributed mightily during the late-season surge.
Lauridsen, a Denmark native who scored his first career goal Tuesday thanks to a goalie's gaffe, played in his 14th NHL game Thursday, and he says his confidence has grown since he was promoted from the Phantoms on March 30.
Coach Peter Laviolette likes what he has seen.
"When you come up and make an impact with the big club, you start to talk about that person and start to look forward to the future with that person," Laviolette said. "Somebody who brings his size and his presence onto the ice, I think is a positive. He's a towering man, he plays with a physical edge, and he's kept the game simple up here.
"And it seemed like he got every pound of his body into that shot tonight."
The Flyers (22-22-3), who conclude their season in Ottawa on Saturday, finished with a 15-7-2 home record. That didn't cause them to miss the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons. A 7-15-1 road record did.
Briere, 35, has been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, reducing his effectiveness. With the Flyers needing cap space, it is expected that his contract (a $6.5 million cap hit) will be bought out or he will be traded after the season.
Brayden Schenn crossed a pass through a defender's legs and Briere knocked it into the net from close range to put the Flyers ahead, 1-0, with 8:19 left in the first period.
Briere is finishing his sixth season with the Flyers; the Wells Fargo Center, he said, is special to him.
"It's my home," he said. "One of the best places to play. Ask anyone in the NHL. The fans have been amazing."
After the win, the Flyers gathered at center ice and lifted their sticks in a salute to the fans, who gave the team its 106th consecutive sellout since 2010.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves to notch the win. . . . Flyers defenseman Matt Konan, in his NHL debut, played 13-plus minutes and accounted himself well. . . . In the 2013 IIHF World Championships, Team Canada has commitments from four Flyers, according to TSN: Claude Giroux, Matt Read, Wayne Simmonds, and Luke Schenn. . . . Luke Schenn had six hits Thursday.
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