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John Tortorella, Philadelphia Flyers coach

The NHL is accustomed to Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella making news with how he runs his team and what he has to say in his press conferences.

But Tuesday he added a new wrinkle to his show: He apologized.

PHN’s Jonathan Bailey wrote that Tortorella admitted he poorly handled a situation when asked his thoughts about how goalie Felix Sandstrom played against Florida Sunday night. Instead of speaking, Tortorella raised his arms twice, and walked off.

“It appears that both he and the Flyers quickly picked up on how negatively this reaction was perceived,” Bailey wrote.

Tortorella’s apology: “I made a terrible mistake with you guys the other night when. . . my body language was wrong. I tried to communicate with you guys after. He’s trying. Sandy’s trying,” Tortorella told traveling media in New York. “Things happened this year that put our goaltending situation into a little bit of a state of flux. Sandy did not deserve that from me.

“He did not deserve that from me. It was wrong.”

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Too many third period mistakes dooms coach Derek Lalonde‘s team in overtime loss to Washington Tuesday.
  • Detroit prospect Axel Sandin Pellikka scores overtime playoff goal for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League.
  • The Grand Rapids Griffins are on the verge of getting somewhere they haven’t been since 2019.
  • The Red Wings hope they have discovered a late-round sleeper. They signed 2023 seventh-round draft pick Emmitt Finnie.

Red Wings Next Game

The Red Wings are looking to break a seven-game road losing streak when they play the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday in Raleigh. The Hurricanes are 11-3-1 in their last 15 games. The Hurricanes are second in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the New York Rangers.

Hockey Now Network

Chicago: Nate Brown writes that former Notre Dame player Landon Slaggert may be another piece for the Chicago Blackhawks future.

Colorado: Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was not happy with his team’s energy level in sleepy loss to Montreal. Colorado Avalanche.

Montreal: Juraj Slafkovsky sets Montreal Canadiens record in win against the Colorado Avalanche.

Pittsburgh: Jake Guentzel made it clear that it was the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ decision to trade him. “Not my choice,” he said.

San Jose: San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng breaks down the different scenarios possible regarding whether the San Jose Sharks receive the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first round draft this year or next year.