Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella has definitely mellowed out over the course of his National Hockey League career but even though Tortorella has learned to control his fiery temper a little better over the years, it still shows up every once in a while.
On Saturday night that temper once again showed itself when Tortorella was simply disgusted with the questions he faced from the media following his team's loss at the hands of the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-2. Tortorella was being asked a series of relatively generic questions after the conclusion of the game and it was during that series of questions that his answers became more and more combative.
Q: What in your evaluation was the reason for the loss?
"I'll leave that alone," said Tortorella in disbelief at the question.
Q: Are you happy with the effort tonight?
"Yes," answered a frustrated Tortorella. "You're asking me dumb questions guys, really dumb questions, jesus. We played our ass off."
Obviously things have not been going great for the Flyers thus far with just 8 wins in their first 25 games of the regular season, and it may be that the team's losing ways are wearing on Tortorella. Then again it may just be that he was genuinely frustrated with the questions he received after a tough loss for his team.
The Flyers head coach would storm off the podium shortly after.
"We done?" asked Tortorella who stormed off with a "thank you" before waiting for an answer.