Flyers Must Play With Sense of Urgency
A veteran of 13 NHL seasons, Scott Hartnell got the message.
Benched after a “dumb” roughing penalty in the second period of Monday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the All-Star left wing found himself on the third line for the rest of the game.
“I think I needed it to be honest,” Hartnell said. “Sit on the bench and watch the guys play.”
When he came to the rink for practice after two complete days off, Hartnell was still there, on a line with Ruslan Fedotenko and Zac Rinaldo. Matt Read took his place on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
“I wouldn’t read anything into it,” coach Peter Laviolette said when asked about practicing with four completely different lines than what he started the last game with. Hartnell isn’t upset about it either after a meeting with the coach.
“We had a good talk,” Hartnell said. “Kinda about my start, I guess you could say.”
Peter Laviolette says Flyers need to sense urgency: The coach acknowledged a good practice, but said the effort must translate to games.