Flyers coach Tortorella defends Provorov’s Pride boycott


              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov, left, chases after the puck against Chicago Blackhawks' Colin Blackwell during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov, center, and Chicago Blackhawks' Reese Johnson collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov reacts during warm-ups before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, right, redirects the puck with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov, center, attacking and Ducks center Sam Carrick defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
            
              FILE - Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov plays during an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. Flyers coach John Tortorella continues to defend defenseman Ivan Provorov following his boycott of the team’s Pride night festivities. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Jack Roslovic battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov, left, and Anaheim Ducks' Max Jones collide during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Flyers coach Tortorella defends Provorov’s Pride boycott