Flyers Notes: Shooters need finishing touch, Laviolette says

Center Scott Laughton , 19, is headed back to juniorsto get experience. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Center Scott Laughton , 19, is headed back to juniorsto get experience. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Posted: October 05, 2013

The Flyers generated a lot more scoring chances than Toronto in their season opener Wednesday, but they didn't supply the finishing touches and dropped a 3-1 decision.

The Flyers fired 73 shots (32 on goal), compared with Toronto's 42 (25 on goal).

"We did have the opportunities, and we didn't get it to drop," coach Peter Laviolette said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "It's like pitching a two-run game or a one-run game in baseball and not winning the game."

The Flyers lost because Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier was outstanding, making 31 saves.

"I'd like to see us hit the net a little more," said Laviolette, whose team was just 1 for 7 on the power play. "Even at practice here, we're firing the Scud missiles from the slot or coming off the rush, and they're smashing off the glass.

"I think if we can put it between the red bars somewhere, not only will it be a chance for it to go in the net, but there might be a second or third opportunity that follows."

In Wednesday's game, "the looks were there, and we've got to take positives from that and move forward into the next game," Laviolette added.

The Flyers, who got solid performances from newcomers Vinny Lecavalier and Mark Streit in the opener, play in Montreal on Saturday night and face former teammate Danny Briere for the first time since his contract was bought out in the offseason.

Breakaways

In the opener, Sean Couturier won 8 of 11 faceoffs (73 percent), while Adam Hall won just 3 of 11 (27 percent). . . . Nick Grossmann blocked four shots. . . . Toronto outhit the Flyers, 34-22. . . . The Flyers' radio broadcast against Phoenix next Friday has been shifted to WMMR-FM (93.3).

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