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    NHL roundup: Flyers fire Laviolette after a winless start

    Peter Laviolette coached Philadelphia for parts of five seasons.
    Peter Laviolette coached Philadelphia for parts of five seasons.

    On the first day of training camp, the Philadelphia Flyers were already a mess.

    By the end of the preseason, chairman Ed Snider had grave concerns about the team he founded.

    ‘‘I thought our training camp, quite frankly, was one of the worst training camps I’ve ever seen,’’ Snider said. ‘‘I’m not talking about wins or losses. There was nothing exciting. Nobody shined. Nobody looked good. I couldn’t point to one thing that I thought was a positive.


    ‘‘Unfortunately, my worries were realized.’’

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    He only needed three games to make a move.

    After a winless start, the Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette on Monday, three seasons after he led them to the Stanley Cup Final. Assistant and former NHL enforcer Craig Berube, in his seventh season coaching within the organization, was promoted to replace Laviolette. He is the 18th coach in franchise history and will make his debut Tuesday, when the Flyers host Florida.

    Despite a preseason vote of confidence from ownership, Laviolette just couldn’t overcome a punchless offense, a pair of journeymen in net, and a patchwork defense.

    He dealt with rumors of his firing last season, a year in which the Flyers missed the playoffs after the lockout shortened the campaign.


    It was the only season in which he failed to make the postseason in Philadelphia.

    Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren tried to mold a playoff roster in the offseason, signing forward Vinny Lecavalier, defenseman Mark Streit, and goaltender Ray Emery. He also jettisoned goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and forward Danny Briere.

    ‘‘I think some of the additions that we made this summer were good additions,’’ Holmgren said. ‘‘But it was more about how we played, and it was unacceptable. We don’t look like a team at all.’’

    Laviolette, a Massachusetts native, was just the second coach in Flyers history to coach parts of five seasons. He was hired early in the 2009 season after John Stevens was fired, and led the Flyers on an improbable run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to Chicago in six games.

    Laviolette is still set to serve as an assistant under Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma for the United States in the 2014 Olympics.


    Oilers 5, Devils 4 — Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout for Edmonton, which erased a three-goal deficit in the third period, to beat visiting New Jersey.

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, Perron, and Taylor Hall scored in a 7:47 span to make it 4-3.

    Patrik Elias netted the tying shorthanded goal with 54 seconds remaining for the Devils. Jaromir Jagr also scored his first goal for the Devils.

    Rangers 3, Kings 1 — Brad Richards potted two goals, Rick Nash had two assists, and New York won in Los Angeles.