One could hear the clarification coming from miles away: Joe Thornton — frustrated by the San Jose Sharks' effort in the last game of their road trip, losing for the first time on that six-game swing to the New York Rangers — drops the S-bomb on the Blueshirts:
"To be honest with you, they were probably the softest team we played against on this road trip."
As we explained last night: There's nothing soft about the Rangers' style. This was a moment of off-the-cuff aggravation for Thornton, and he told TSN's Darren Dreger earlier on Tuesday that "'soft was not the word to describe" the Rangers; that he was trying to say they were a team the Sharks should have beaten.
Did Rangers Coach John Tortorella hear this clarification? It probably doesn't matter. The outspoken bench boss had the bazooka loaded at Joe, via Pat Leonard the New York Daily News:
"Yeah it caught me off-guard when it was brought up after the game," Tortorella said at the team's Greenburgh practice facility Tuesday ...