Flyers’ DeAngelo ejected after spearing Lightning’s Perry under belt

TAMPA, Fla. — Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Tony DeAngelo acquired a serious penalty and a sport misconduct on Tuesday night time, after spearing Tampa Bay Lightning ahead Corey Perry under the belt.

DeAngelo entered a gamers scrum in entrance of the Tampa Bay web, led along with his stick and speared Perry, who instantly fell to the ice on his again.

Lightning teammates then surrounded DeAngelo and took him right down to the ice within the slot earlier than his Philadelphia linemates joined to defend him. He acquired a five-minute penalty, was ejected from the 5-2 loss and will face additional self-discipline from the league on Wednesday.

“I haven’t seen the clip of what happened,” Philadelphia coach John Tortorella stated throughout his postgame media availability. “Guys in the room said it was pretty obvious what happened.”

This is Tortorella’s first season teaching DeAngelo, who was with the Carolina Hurricanes final yr.

“That’s the line you walk, as far as going over the edge,” Tortorella stated. “I want him to have his personality, to have that competitiveness. A couple of guys I did sit, I wish a little of that would rub off on them. But again, I haven’t seen it, but I think he may have crossed the line.”

In the Flyers locker room after the sport, DeAngelo advised reporters that he meant to provide Perry “a shot” however did not imply for it to land the place it did.

“He tried to slash my stick out of my hands a second beforehand. He talks all game,” DeAngelo stated. “I asked him to fight, he doesn’t want to fight. He’ll tell you he’s asked me to fight for years. I don’t say no. But wasn’t trying to give him a shot [where it landed]. Replay probably looks worse.”

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DeAngelo, 27, has confronted self-discipline earlier than, and although he can flash offensive ability from the blue line and quarterback an influence play’s high unit, he does typically discover himself in most of these conditions.

“You have to be careful, and that’s easy to say,” Tortorella stated. “But that’s a part of who Tony is, and I think he’s done a pretty good job this year in staying on that line and competing.”

DeAngelo, who has 10 targets and 34 factors this season, signed with Carolina final season after the New York Rangers put him on waivers in 2021, following an incident between the defenseman and then-teammate Alexandar Georgiev after a house loss at Madison Square Garden.

“We obviously had an incident,” Jeff Gorton, then the final supervisor of the Rangers, stated on the time. “We’ve dealt with it.”

Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov every had two targets and an help because the Lightning snapped a five-game dropping streak. Ross Colton additionally scored, Mikhail Sergachev had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning.

“I liked the response,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper stated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.