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NHL Daily: Flyers’ Tortorella = Mr. Blunt; Cats Erupt for 7 in 1st

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A familiar scene Thursday: The Florida Panthers celebrating a goal. They whipped Montreal, 9-5. Photo: AP.

When Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella speaks, he doesn’t mince words, doesn’t shield the truth.

Being politically correct is not part of his makeup.

So when Tortorella was asked Thursday about his evaluation of physical right winger Wade Allison, he had two words:

“Always hurt.”

To be fair, Tortorella had some positive things to say about Allison’s work ethic and play on the ice.

But he made it clear that Allison’s penchant for injuries will be taken into consideration when the brass discusses the team’s future makeup. He still might become a Flyers fixture down the road, but he MUST find a way to stay healthy — and, unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case since his days at Western Michigan and throughout his pro career.

In NHL action Thursday, the highlight was Florida’s seven-goal, first- period outburst in a 9-5 win over Montreal, a team the Flyers are battling in the Draft Lottery Race.

The Panthers became the fourth different team in NHL history to score seven in the opening period.

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Philly Hockey Now: When healthy, Wade Allison has been productive. The problem is, he is rarely healthy. “Always hurt,” coach John Tortorella said several times Thursday in his daily session with reporters. Philadelphia Flyers.

Philly Hockey Now: Defenseman Emil Andrae, 21, one of the Flyers’ top prospects, took a step toward the NHL by joining the AHL’s Phantoms on a tryout contract. Philadelphia Flyers.

Tankathon: Our daily look at where the Flyers stand in the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes. With Montreal’s loss, the Flyers slipped from No. 5 to No.6. Draft lottery odds.

Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers rolled a seven. In the first period. Florida gained ground in the playoff race with its 9-5 mauling of Montreal. Florida Panthers.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins dropped a 4-2 decision in Madison Square Garden. With the loss, they virtually have no chance of catching the Rangers for third place in the Metro. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Detroit Hockey Now: Former Red Wing Jakub Vrana has regained his scoring touch with the Blues. Detroit Red Wings.

NYI Hockey Now: Brock Nelson has been one of the main contributors in the Islanders’ playoff push. New York Islanders.

Boston Hockey Now: The panic about the “skidding” Bruins is over. They blanked Winnipeg, 3-0, and ended their rare two-game losing streak. Boston Bruins.

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