The Flyers took out the lowly Blackhawks in Chicago on Wednesday night, using a couple of second period goals to break a 1-1 deadlock and roll to a comfortable 3-1 win. After the game, John Tortorella did his “not impressed” routine in a scrum that last about five minutes:

“We win and we’re leaving. Not too much to discuss about the game. It’s just good we got the two points.” 

“It was not pretty, but as long as you get the two points and get out.”

“It’s not style points right now.” 

“I’m not gonna judge too much on tonight’s game, it was just an ugly game, we grinded away and ended up finding a way to win.”

“I wasn’t too crazy about any of the other lines.”

Kind of an odd Torts presser, because when he’s unhappy with a performance, he usually only talks for a minute, or 90 seconds. But he went into some detail on some of these answers. He liked the Cates/Poehling/Hathaway line, but “wasn’t too crazy” about the others, which may be a little harsh. The Flyers weren’t horrendous, it was just a quiet and somewhat boring game against a terrible team. At no point in this game did you feel like the Flyers were in jeopardy of losing. There wasn’t much of a threat from Chicago after those early rushes, and they got a Blackhawks deflection on the first goal, a moment of individual brilliance from Travis Konecny on the second goal, and then a Garnet Hathaway cleanup job on the third.

You’re coming off a thumping in the outdoor game, and then you go on the road to play the NHL’s worst team in a completely different environment. Too points in a rebound effort is good enough. This didn’t have to be the world’s greatest performance of all time.