Tortorella rips Flyers for hanging Fedotov out to dry
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Tortorella rips Flyers for hanging Fedotov out to dry

I absolutely LOVE when an NHL coach sticks up for his goalie!



In case you missed it last night, the Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the New York Islanders, despite tying things up late.

After a very lacklustre 2nd half of the game where the Flyers were saved by new goalie Ivan Fedotov, the Flyers managed to salvage a single point by pushing things to overtime. Morgan Frost managed to give the Flyers some hope by tying the game up with only 9.6 seconds remaining on the clock, but the team couldn't get the extra point in the extra frame.

After the game Flyers head coach John Tortorella was incensed. He threw his entire team under the bus, save for Fedotov.

"There are certain people that they don't have a clue how to play, or just don't have it in them to play in these type of situations," Tortorella exclaimed to the media post-game. "That was embarrassing in the 2nd period for the Philadelphia Flyer uniform the way we played."

On Ivan Fedotov: "I'm totally impressed. I put him in a hell of a spot and he's the only god damn player that played in the 2nd period."

Here's Torts being Torts:

What I see here is a coach who is nervous about his team's compete level heading down the stretch. If Tortorella and the Flyers can't get their heads screwed on right in the next week then they don't stand a chance come the post-season. Again, what I see here is a good coach who knows how to push the right buttons.

What impressed me most in this game though was the composure of the 6'7" Fedotov in his NHL debut. Fedotov came into the game in the 2nd period to replace Samuel Ersson and he looked solid in relief.

I mean just look at the first NHL shot that Fedotov ever faced, courtesy of a Mat Barzal breakaway:

The 27 year old Fedotov wasn't able to secure victory in his first NHL game, but he showed glimpses of what he's capable of moving forward. 

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia