Laviolette Timeout Classic – (Repost)

May 25th, 2010 by Christian | Filed under General.

Peter Laviolette Resurrects Flyers

We’re getting lots of searches for Peter Laviolette’s timeout in Game 7 vs. the Bruins, so I’m re-posting the article I put up right after it happened, along with the NHL’s “What If” video below capturing the moment.


When the Bruins went up 3-0 in the first period, I turned to my uncle and said, “Let’s go, this game is over.” And for all intents and purposes, it was over. A 3-0 lead in hockey is like a 30-0 lead in football. The Boston Garden (I just can’t call it the TD Center) had erupted into bedlam. Bruins fans were euphoric, and the cheering coming from the television set was intimidating. No way the Flyers can come back from a three goal deficit, on the road, in Game 7.

Then the cameras moved to the Flyers bench, where coach Peter Laviolette had called a timeout. Maybe the best timeout I’ve ever seen. Flyers players gathered around him as mayhem exploded all around them. I could not hear what Laviolette said, but I could somewhat read his lips.  He pointed at the scoreboard, and calmly told them, “We still have a lot of time left.  We need one goal this period.” The players listened intently to their coach. You could tell from their posture. All Flyer eyes were on Laviolette. He did not panic.  It was an intense moment, that changed the momentum of the game.

I turned back to my uncle, “That was very smart.  The Flyers can still win this game.” We settled back into the couch, and watched the greatest hockey comeback I’ve ever seen.

Laviolette Timeout Video

In 1981, boxing trainer Angelo Dundee galvanized Sugar Ray Leonard to knock out Tommy Hearns, by imploring, “You’re blowing it now son, you’re blowing it!” (Video below.  Dundee’s moment is at the 8:55 mark of the video.  Then, to see the actual knockout, scroll down further, or click ‘Read the rest of this entry’) If the Flyers win the Stanley Cup, Laviolette’s legend will live as does Dundee’s.  It was the greatest piece of coaching I’ve witnessed – as it happened – in 29 years.

And here’s the knockout video:

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