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Holmgren Tells Inquirer Laviolette Will Not Get Fired

It's going to be a longer off season for the Flyers than they're used to.

Among the topics heading into the off season is the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reassured the safety of his head coach.

Via Sam Carchidi's article this morning:

"I haven't even thought along those lines," Holmgren told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the situation. We haven't had our whole team all year. I don't blame the coaches.

Habs Host Skidding Flyers

The Flyers travel to Montreal in hopes of ending their four-game losing streak. It won't be easy though because Montreal is a great home team as well as looking to lock up second place in the Eastern Conference.

Playing With Hart: Flyers Get A Spark From Hartnell In Loss

Being in the right place at the right time finally paid off for Scott Hartnell this season.

Hartnell made that his living last season when he scored a team-high 37 goals. This year, he has four goals in 17 games, and had only one in the 11 games leading into last night.

Last night, Hartnell scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 30 seconds left in the Flyers 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Islanders. He even dropped the mitts with Colin McDonald, who also had two of New York's goals.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell is stopped by Evgeni Nabokov in the 3rd period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Flyers Can't Hold Lead; Lose to Islanders In Shoot-Out

Failure to hold a lead once again did the Flyers in.

The Flyers blew a 2-0 lead in the final 21 minutes of the game to drop their fourth straight, losing 4-3 in a shootout. Though the Flyers managed to tie the game in the final minute of play, they overall blew an opportunity at two important points.

"I think once they came out, they had some power plays early, we gave them two power plays early and we gave them a little zone time, they scored a goal," head coach Peter Laviolette said. "It seemed like we stopped playing, but we stopped pressing offensively like we had been. It was like we were trying to defend that lead as opposed to getting the next goal."

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Escape From Losing Island: Flyers Host Islanders; Look to End Losing Ways

The last time the Flyers played the Islanders they won 7-0. A near-repeat performance could do wonders on their psyche. A win in general would also suffice.

Hartnell Gets Benched; Predestined?

If a player's offensive production includes two goals and three assists in 14 games, it's easily assumed that is the stat line of a fourth line forward.

For the Flyers, it was top-liner Scott Hartnell.

The struggles continued for Hartnell, who found himself demoted in the third period of a frustrating 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It's safe to say the demotion was a long time coming for Hartnell, who hasn't been the same player that led the Flyers with 37 goals.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell battles with Matt Carle. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Lightning Rookies Ruin Timonen's Milestone Night

Kimmo Timonen's 1000th game and 38th birthday wishes were rained upon by the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 loss at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The loss was the Flyers' fifth in their last seven games and fourth in a row in Tampa Bay.

Ilya Bryzgalov put forth a second consecutive strong start, keeping the game close throughout two periods of play. The Flyers only have one victory to their credit when deadlocked after two periods of play.

Shock the Conference: Flyers Look to Ride the Lightning

The Flyers are still in desperation mode. Coming off a couple days off, they look to take a pair of points in Tampa Bay, something they failed to do the last three times they visited the Lightning.

Flyers Look to Salvage Home-and-Home With New Jersey

The Flyers look to salvage two points in a must-win home-and-home series with New Jersey. They already dropped the first match up on Wednesday. They can't afford to lose again.

Flyers Start Home-and-Home in New Jersey

The Flyers need to win their next two games against the Devils in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. If they don't, they are "done" according to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.