Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/3/11

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton apologized on Thursday for calling the New York Rangers "probably the softest team we played against."

The New York Rangers had just defeated the Sharks by a 5-2 decision on Monday when Thornton noted that "we played some good teams, and I think we probably should have beat these guys, to be honest with you."

On Thursday, Thornton apologized - well, through the San Jose Mercury News.

"Every couple of years you have to say some sort of bone-headed thing," Thornton told the newspaper. "I just used the wrong word."

His choice of words aside, Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't take too kindly to Thornton's sentiment.

"Yeah it caught me off-guard when it was brought up after the game," Tortorella told the New York Daily News. "It surprised me, and I've never heard a player say that. Joe's a heck of a player, but here's a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn't won a (expletive) thing in this league.

"He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I've never had it happen like that before."

Captain Ryan Callahan scored twice in just over a five-minute span during the second period as New York denied San Jose a perfect six-game road trip with a 5-2 triumph at Madison Square Garden.

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