Peter Laviolette knew well in advance of Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay what his Flyers would be up against.

The highest scoring club in the NHL – 39 goals coming in – with a roster that was both deeper and faster than his.

Laviolette knew Tampa’s defense, led by Matt Carle and Sami Salo, would flawlessly get pucks quickly up ice to their forwards, much as they did on Jan. 27 during a 5-1 rout over the Flyers in Tampa.

So Lavy went with his left-wing lock, which sometimes resembles a 2-3 trap.

Essentially, the Flyers pressured the puck into the left defensive corner, forced Tampa to come up on the right boards whenever possible, then had three men spread across the middle, sealing breakaway passes while preventing odd-man rushes through the neutral zone.

Whatever speed advantage the Bolts had was negated in the game as the Flyers hung on for a 2-1 victory that had the feel of playoff game in February (see story).

The Flyers had been practicing the lock at Skate Zone on Monday.

“We've been working on it,” Max Talbot said. “Like I said the gaps were great, the track backs from our forwards. I think we played more North as well with the puck, we're more sharp and it definitely feels good to beat them.”

Tampa’s Marty St. Louis said the Bolts were frustrated not being able to skate fluidly while the Flyers seemed to have the puck far more often than they did in the offensive zone.