John Tortorella ejected midway through first period against Lightning

John Tortorella was irate before being ejected midway through the first period against the Lightning.
John Tortorella was irate before being ejected midway through the first period against the Lightning. / Joel Auerbach/GettyImages

If you’re still watching the Flyers against the Lightning, you enjoyed quite the chaotic first period of play.

Tampa Bay scored less than two minutes into the game. They added a power-play goal just over four minutes later after Ronnie Attard was called for a hold. In true Nic Deslauriers fashion, he fought almost immediately after to try and spark the team.

Well, that didn’t work. The Lightning scored their third goal of the period just over nine minutes in. Ronnie Attard was called for his second penalty of the game 14 seconds later. Though, the hook wasn't the most glaring penalty. Garnet Hathaway was later given a 10-minute misconduct after shoving Anthony Cirelli during a scrum after the whistle. Tampa added a fourth goal less than a minute later.

And then the fireworks happened. John Tortorella was livid on the bench. But it wasn’t his team that was hearing what he had to say. His ire was directed elsewhere.

Tortorella would be ejected from the game but had no interest in leaving that easily. If you’re a good lip reader, it’s pretty easy to see how Tortorella felt about the ejection. That would leave Brad Shaw to take things over as the Flyers will try to dig themselves out of a 4-0 hole in the final 40 minutes. It was refreshing to see Tortorella sticking up for his team and showing his unhappiness with how things were being called up to that point.

The Flyers had three penalties in the period to that point. Tampa would finally be called for one minutes after Tortorella was ejected. But it's fair to say there were some questionable decisions up to that point. Add in a Sean Couturier fight in the second period, and this game has had plenty of surprises.

We'll see if the Flyers can overcome the odds, but it will be tough. Each time these two teams have faced, one has scored six goals. Tampa is over halfway there already.