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by Paul on 08/20/10 at 09:24 AM ET
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
From the hard times that we went through, we built the team to where we were almost invincible to adversity,” Laviolette said. “The amount of times that things were on the line and the fans seemed to get behind that, really get behind that. You could feel it. At least I could. You go through situations and you learn a lot about your team, and I think what we learned is that we’re OK with that.
“Not that we wanted to be put in those situations. This year I want a better path.’‘
Notice, he didn’t say easy. Just better. The team added depth on the blue line to help Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen , said goodbye to an expensive, oft-injured star in Simon Gagne, and replaced him with a cheaper suspect star in Nikolai Zherdev. Citing no upgrade in goaltending, the Hockey News ranked them fourth in the Eastern Conference behind Washington, Pittsburgh and New Jersey….
“I’ve learned, I’ve learned,” Laviolette said. “You can forget about last year. This group, whatever steps out on that ice, whatever steps into that locker room, they’ve got to figure out how to come together on the ice. It’s a huge part of winning….
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