Tortorella Addresses Team Performance After Tough Weekend

Travis Politakis
February 26, 2024  (10:44)

Flyers head coach John Tortorella meets with media following Flyers loss in Pittsburgh.
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The Philadelphia Flyers had a tough weekend, dropping back-to-back games against two of their biggest rivals in the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite the two losses, the Flyers showed tremendous fight, going toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in hockey on Saturday, and mounting multiple comebacks in Sunday's game against the Penguins. After the game, head coach John Tortorella still remains optimistic, and proud of his group.

In the first two periods of the Flyers bout with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, multiple times it felt like the Flyers were going to be down for the count quickly. Despite falling behind two goals multiple times, the Flyers were able to rally and keep them in it until the end.
In the second period, the Flyers found themselves down 4-2 as young defensive star Jamie Drysdale left the game after a brutal hit in the second period. The hit seemed to have lit a spark in the Flyers as they scored two quick goals thanks to Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton as they tied it going into the third.
Even in the third period the Flyers made two late rallies as Cam York and Tyson Foerster goals kept them within one goal. Despite the rallies, the Flyers fell 7-6 in a 13 goal battle. Head coach John Tortorella was still extremely pleased with the fight his team showed on Sunday.
"They played free. They played hard. To comeback like that as many times as we did, we weren't playing safe. We were playing and I give our guys a lot of credit they showed a lot of resiliency. I know that's what we have on our team, it's a positive. We don't win tonight but it's a positive on how our guys keep playing."

Another interesting point to note is that Sunday the Flyers suffered some brutal injuries as Jamie Drysdale left the game with a shoulder injury after a big hit and Tyson Foerster left the game after being hit directly on the kneecap with the puck on a Owen Tippett shot. For the Flyers to remain in the game, all while being without their 2024 All-Star Travis Konecny should be a positive sight to Flyers fans.
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