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Saturday, December 5, 2009
Peter Laviolette replaces John Stevens
Coach John Stevens is out. Peter Laviolette is in. The Philadelphia Flyers replaced Stevens with Laviolette on Friday after the team was shut out in consecutive games. The Flyers called an 8 p.m. press conference at the Wachovia Center.
Laviolette, who also coached the New York Islanders for two seasons, was 167-130-30 in his four-plus seasons with Carolina.
The Flyers were expected to contend in the Eastern Conference this season. They were 13-11-1 for 27 points and out of the playoff picture entering Saturday's game against Washington.
Stevens got the job early in the 2006 season after Ken Hitchcock was fired and led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals the following season.
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The Flyers haven't scored in their last two games, and captain Mike Richards called a team meeting after their 3-0 loss to Vancouver on Thursday.