John Tortorella stared into a packed interview room on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With several cameras in his face and a swarm of reporters another row back, the fiery coach of the New York Rangers impatiently awaited the first question.
Awkward silence followed until he broke it.
''Five, four, three,'' he counted down.
It was met with laughter, but Tortorella didn't join in. It is hardly a stretch to think that if nothing was asked before he reached zero, he would've marched out the door as quickly as he entered. But questions did ensue. Some elicited short answers, others got more expansive ones. When asked if he had a favorite part of the playoffs, the response was simple.
''No,'' he said tersely. ''My least favorite thing is right here.''
That, too, was greeted with laughter. Again, he didn't crack a smile.
''It's not supposed to be funny. This is my least favorite thing,'' Tortorella said.
So it goes with perhaps the most intense coach in the NHL, or in sports...