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NHL Daily: Torts Sends Message to Flyers’ Tony DeAngelo; Caps Get Stronger

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Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella praised Tony DeAngelo’s play after Sunday’s morning skate.

In Sunday night’s game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, however, he was unhappy with DeAngelo’s sloppiness with the puck. So he sent a message to the 27-year-old defenseman, benching him for  most of the last two periods of the Flyers’ 6-2 loss.

DeAngelo had four giveaways in 7:05.

“It won’t be the first time I have a bad game or get sat,” he said. “I’m not going to go crazy into it.”

He added that players “aren’t here to question the coach.”

In other news, Washington got much stronger as two of its key forwards returned to the lineup after lengthy injuries. The Flyers face the Caps Wednesday and Saturday.

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Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers’ four-game winning streak was snapped as they fell to Toronto, 6-2. Tony DeAngelo was benched after a turnover-plagued performance in the game’s early stages. Philadelphia Flyers.

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Washington Hockey Now: Nicklas Backstrom and and Tom Wilson made their long-awaited season debuts as the Capitals defeated Columbus, 1-0.  Washington Capitals.

Detroit Hockey Now: Elmer Soderblom, a 6-foot-8, 246-pound forward, was sent to Grand Rapids in the AHL. Detroit may get Tyler Bertuzzi back in the lineup Tuesday. Soderblom has eight points in 21 games for the Red Wings this season. Detroit Red Wings.

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Boston Hockey Now: David Pasternak reached the 30-goal mark for the sixth time, and registered a hat trick as the league-leading Bruins blasted Anaheim, 7-1.  He has 32 goals in 40 games. Boston Bruins.

Colorado Hockey Now: Are the Avs closing in on a deal for Vancouver’s star center, Bo Horvat? Colorado Avalanche.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins found a tonic for their six-game losing streak — the lowly Arizona Coyotes. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vegas Hockey Now: The Knights might pursue one of Chicago’s mid-level forwards. Vegas Golden Knights.

Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers’ special teams faltered. Again. They were a big reason they dropped a 5-1 decision in Dallas. Florida Panthers.

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