Dave Hakstol is usually one of the most even keeled head coaches in the National Hockey League. During most of his press conferences, you can’t tell if the Philadelphia Flyers lost by five or won by five.
That was not the case after Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames as there was no doubt that Hakstol was upset and he held a rare emotional postgame press conference.
The Flyers held a 3-1 lead early in the second period until they took four straight penalties, which Hakstol said “could have been within our control.” Sean Monahan scored on three of those four power plays and completely turned the game around.
“It’s not deflating. It pisses you off. Pardon my language,” Hakstol said after the loss, per philly.com. “We did a lot of really good things in this hockey game, and that 10-minute span cost us a point.”
All of the penalties could have been avoided as Dale Weise was busted for high-sticking, Brandon Manning was called for slashing while Shayne Gostisbehere was nailed for both an unsportsmanlike conduct and elbowing.
The Flyers have now lost four consecutive games while blowing two-goal leads in each of the last two games, so it is easy to understand why Hakstol was fuming.