Flyers Notes: Lauridsen solid in NHL debut

Flyers Notes: Lauridsen solid in NHL debut
March 31, 2013, 9:00 am

Oliver Lauridsen’s very first shift on the ice in the NHL saw him fall victim to a holding penalty.
 
Welcome to the Flyers, Ollie!
 
“Definitely not the start you are looking for,” said the 24-year-old. “It is what it is. That penalty could have been on any other shift. … It was a tough play to defend but I felt it was necessary in that situation.”
 
He’s big, strong and can move a little on the ice, too. Because of several injuries on the Flyers' blue line, Lauridsen played against the Bruins on Saturday and was paired with Luke Schenn much of the game.
 
“It’s a great feeling and what you have been waiting for a long time,” said Lauridsen, who became the eighth native of Denmark to play in the NHL and the first to play for the Flyers.
 
“I was really stoked. It was a great feeling. It’s what you have been waiting for, for a long time. Obviously, I was just overly happy and had to tell my family.”
 
Lauridsen logged 17:12 ice time with three hits and three blocked shots. Not bad for a debut.
 
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette used him against David Krejci’s line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.
 
“He’s a big guy that defends well,” Laviolette said. “He’s a good stay at home defenseman. If you look at the matchups we have I thought it would be best to split up our game, put him and Luke out there against that big line of big bodies.
 
“I wanted to put big bodies on big bodies as much as possible. I think when a young player comes in you want to watch him and see how he’s doing in his first game and as the game progresses you just find him and he did a good job defensively.
 
“That’s a tough line to play against so it didn’t make sense if you have a guy that’s playing a good game and doing what he’s asked to keep him on the bench and change things up in the final five or ten minutes. He played a strong game for us.”
 
Rinaldo’s impact
Zac Rinaldo had 12 hits in 12:41 of ice time.
 
“That’s nothing,” Rinaldo said. “Give me 18 and I’ll give you 20.”
 
He gave the Flyers energy when needed.
 
“Certainly Zac and the amount of hits he took on the ice,” Laviolette said.  “He was an impact player for us.  
 
“You don’t see that as much in the box score, but if you really watch the game, you see how much of an impact Zac  had for us.”
 
Loose pucks
Luke Schenn tried to fight Zdeno Chara during a scrum in the opening period after Patrice Bergeron went after Claude Giroux. “Everyone stepping in for [Giroux] there, and that’s what got me going,” Rinaldo said. “Especially with everyone backing each other up, we need more of that.” As for the near fight with Schenn and Chara, both were tugging on sweaters and because of Chara’s height and weight advantage, and they ended up falling simultaneously into each other on the ice. ... The Flyers were 1-for-1 on the power play and are now 5-for-5 over their last four games. ... The crowd of 19,997 fans tied the franchise record for single-game attendance in the regular season, which was set on March 7 vs. Pittsburgh.

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