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New York Rangers coach John Tortorella not only questioned a late-game, knee-on-knee hit by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, but the fiery bench boss took it a few steps further Thursday night.
"It's one of the most arrogant organizations in the league," Tortorella said of the Penguins, who won 5-2 at Consol Energy Center. "They whine about this stuff all the time and look what happens. ... They'll whine about something else over there starting with their two (expletive) stars."
Orpik received a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct for the hit on Rangers center Derek Stepan with 4:39 left in regulation. Stepan lay on the ice briefly but skated off under his own power. Tortorella did not have an update on Stepan's status.
Stepan didn't skate with the Rangers on Friday, although the injury isn't believed to be serious.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Friday that Orpik didn't have a hearing scheduled with NHL officials over the hit. Orpik declined to talk to reporters about what Tortorella called a "cheap, dirty hit."
The Pens' captain, however, had plenty to say after the team's practice in Southpointe, Penn.
"You can put a camera on us all game," said Sidney Crosby, who, along with Evgeni Malkin, was likely the two "stars" Tortorella was referring to. "Put a camera on (Rangers forward Ryan) Callahan all game. We'll see who is (whining) more. He should worry about his own players.
"I don't know when this all started. If this is part of the new tactics heading into the playoffs, it's garbage. The game is played on the ice. You get all this stuff going on and it's really nonsense. If they want to do it, great. They're just trying to gain an advantage, (but) it's getting old."
As far as the whining allegations, Crosby said there was some threat of truth to that -- early in his career.
"I'll be the first one to admit it that for the first couple years I was pretty hard on the refs," Crosby said. "I have come a long way since then."
BEST OF MAXIM
Head coach John Tortorella blasted the Penguins following a game between the teams, calling them "one of the most arrogant organizations in the league."
Johnny Torts has been fined 20K for his remarks last night. [ NHL.com ]
And NY Beat writer Larry Brooks melted down via Twitter about it:
Hahaha no clue when this letter went out, but apparently it was only mailed to Larry Brook's mind. If he is referring to this letter, there doesn't seem to be any mention of Mario threatening to sell the team. But...
Twenty thousand? Well worth it.
Okay, maybe New York Rangers head coach, John Tortorella, wasn't exactly channelling his inner Olaf Sanderson when he went on his tirade against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, but he said what nearly everyone has been thinking.
Either way, the NHL decided to slap the fiery, yet never dishonest, coach with a $20 thousand fine earlier today...
[Note from Nick Montemagno: As you all know, Michael Spinner (@MichaelSpinner) has been doing the weekly 'This Week in Hockey' write-ups here on The Rangers Tribune for a while now. Well, his plan for this weekend's column was to talk about the Jack Adams race in the NHL, and in the process discuss the job John Tortorella has done with the Rangers. After what occurred...
Securing a spot in the playoffs has been the New York Rangers’ ultimate regular season goal since the onset of the season; but, it’s how they are doing it that is so impressive and, perhaps, so vital in the end. Coach John Tortorella has stressed working on the details since he took over behind the [...]
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Last time I asked Tortorella a question about Penguins, he said, "I don't talk about the other team." That has changed, apparently
(Joe Starkey is a sports writer with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.)
New York Rangers coach, John Tortorella...
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War has been declared.
It was expected that the Pittsburgh Penguins would retaliate the first chance they got after Rangers head coach John Tortorella lashed out against them following last night's game, calling them an "arrogant" organization and referencing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as "whining stars".
But the actual retaliation, which came...
Enough is enough.
The National Hockey League chose not to discipline Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik for his injury-intended knee-on-knee hit with Derek Stepan in the third period of Thursday’s game at the CONSOL Energy Center. They did not even bother to hold a disciplinary hearing over the phone for Orpik to discuss his dirty move – one they are supposedly...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, • Next time John Tortorella is cashing one of those large New York Rangers’ cheques — rather than paying his share of fines — maybe he should take a moment to comprehend the reason the cheques are the size they are is because of talented “whiners” like Crosby.
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In his post practice press conference today, Sidney Crosby said this about John Tortorella calling him a whiner..."I don't know what he's talking about. I mean, if you want you can put a camera on us all game, put a camera on (Ryan Callahan) all game. You'll see who's over there more. He should worry about his own players."...Is he effin kidding me? Absolutely...
Tonight marks the end of the 2011-12 regular season for the New York Rangers, who have already clinched not only a playoff spot, but home ice advantage through the Conference Finals. However, game 82 on the schedule will have great importance to the Blueshirts for a multitude of reasons nonetheless this evening at Madison Square Garden. For one thing, they will be going up against...
There really is not too much to say regarding the New York Rangers’ 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.
Yes, we can easily rehash Penguins’ defenseman Brooks Orpik’s hit on Derek Stepan and also what Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella had to say about it. With that said, it does not make sense to go over it again as we all know what was done and what was said...