Flyers open defence of conference title from Melissa Underwood's blog

PHILADELPHIA - The only Stanley Cup photos at the Flyers practice rink were from the 1970s. The locker-room walls in their home arena were spotle s. The mood was a bit reserved.This training camp scene, Brian Tyms Jersey some eight months ago, was all the proof coach Peter Laviolette needed to know his team had the oomph to win the Stanley Cup they fell two wins shy of bringing back to Philadelphia in June."There was no champagne on the walls," Laviolette said Wednesday.Translation: No title, no party, no complacency.Laviolette should know. A year after leading Carolina to its only Stanley Cup championship in 2006, he opened a training camp that had celebratory reminders in every nook of the organization. Parade pictures. Postgame celebration photos. The locker room felt stale, a booze-soaked reminder that everything the Hurricanes wanted to accomplish, well, they did.They never made the Jonathan Cooper Jerseyplayoffs again under Laviolette, and he was fired 2 1/2 years later.Things might be different in Philadelphia. After all, Laviolette might be a Stanley Shea McClellin Jersey Cup title away from a lifetime contractand their decor will surely need a makeover.He not only pushed the Flyers into the playoffs a year after their Game 6 lo s to Chicago in the Stanley Cup finals, he has them positioned as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference when they open Game 1 against Buffalo on Thursday.A late-season slump has been Montee Ball Jersey rolled up like game-used tape and to sed in the trash. The orange-and-black believe the Cup can come back to Philadelphia. After all, the Flyers led the East for most of the season."I just think we have a lot of guys that are big-time players and show up for big games," forward Danny Briere said.

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By Melissa Underwood
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