John Tortorella Storms Off from Press Conference in Under a Minute

Marvin Azrak
March 25, 2024  (8:29)

Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella speaks after his teams 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
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Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella cut another provided more postgame press conference short after another frustrating loss. This time, no words, only body language was needed.

Tortorella was asked if he thought goaltender Felix Sandström could've made more saves after a rough game, giving up three goals on just 14 shots. Yet instead of giving a straight answer, Tortorella kept shrugging his shoulders. Then, to cap it off, he stormed off after just a 39-second presser.

John Tortorella Storms Off After Presser, Flyers Face Frustrating Loss

Yet when asked if Sandström could've given them more saves, Tortorella shrugged again and didn't even bother to answer. Reporters figured that was his saying,
Yeah probably.

And because he didn't like the question, he ended the presser immediately.
However, Flyers' PR later confirmed that Tortorella wanted to clear things up, saying that Sandström is trying his best.
Before he stormed off, Torts did manage to squeeze in a little comment about the game itself, saying,
We played well, just couldn't score. We can build off the whole game.
Unfortunately , they still fell to the reigning Eastern Conference champions 4-1. The defeat coupled with the Washington Capitals 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the day trimmed the Flyers lead over them to two points for the third seed in the Metropolitan Division with 12 games left and Washington has a game in hand.
If passed by the Caps, the Flyers would join the pillow fight for the final Eastern Conference wild card spot and although they'd temporarily occupy it, Detroit is one point behind them. In the bright side, the Red Wings face the Capitals on Tuesday, so someone is losing.
As for Sunday, both teams were on the second half of back-backs. The Flyers went with Sandström in goal, while the Panthers, missing key players like Aleksander Barkov, went with their backup, former Flyer Anthony Stolarz.
Despite both teams having played yesterday, the pace was high from the get-go. There were big hits, power plays, and some missed opportunities on both sides.
But despite their efforts, the Flyers couldn't come out on top. Stolarz turned aside 33 of 34 shots to the tune of a 2.87 goals saved above expected.
The Panthers managed to capitalize on their chances and secure the win, leaving the Flyers to regroup and refocus for their next game Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against the Metropolitan-leading New York Rangers. It's a tough break, but it's onto the next one for Tort's boys in Orange.