The Philadelphia Flyers' 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday was a meek one. They put up 31 shots on goal but were down to the Rangers early on and didn't put a lot of effort into getting back into it.
That much wasn't missed by Flyers GM Ron Hextall.
Hextall reportedly met with the team after the game and tore them apart for their lack of performance.
Hexy screams from another room could be heard as players were being interviewed. Not a happy night in Flyerland.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) November 20, 2014
Ron Hextall can be heard screaming from changing room. "That's f---ing embarrassing! Jesus f---ing Christ!" and slammed door.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 20, 2014
Hextall teed off on team after game: "Are you [bleeping] kidding me!." He and Berube very upset w/lack of pushback, emotion, competitiveness— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) November 20, 2014
That's going to get everyone's attention in and out of the room. Hextall, however, played it coy when he met with reporters later.
So Hextall rips his players 10 feet from media. Simmonds discusses it. Hextall comes out. Says he can't "confirm or deny" yelling. What?— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) November 20, 2014
People are going to get mad about Hextall denying ripping the team, but the point was made expressly clear he wasn't happy with the team or the performance whether he admits it or not. After a game like that and coming up small in front of a national audience, sometimes hearing from the boss can do a world of good.