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Step aside Vancouver, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking like the NHL's new most hated team. After a knee-on-knee hit by Brooks Orpik on Derek Stepan, during Thursday's contest between the Rangers and Penguins, John Tortorella had some harsh post-game comments for the Penguins organization.
"That's one of the most arrogant organizations in sports," Tortorella said. "They whine about this stuff all the time. It's ridiculous. But they'll whine about something else over there, won't they? Starting with their two... stars... I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars?" - Watch the video here.
Orpik was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for the hit. No further discipline has given by the league yet. But, for Tortorella, he has been fined $20,000 for his comments.
Crosby responded to the comments earlier today:
"I don't know what he's talking about," Crosby said following the Penguins' off day practice at their suburban practice rink. "I mean, if you want you can put a camera on us all game, put a camera on [Rangers captain Ryan Callahan] all game. You'll see who's over there more [with the officials]. He should worry about his own players."
This is all coming just days after Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube told Comcast SportsNet that, "Crosby and Malkin are the dirtiest players on their hockey team".
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Head coach John Tortorella blasted the Penguins following a game between the teams, calling them "one of the most arrogant organizations in the league."
Well, anyone who watched the game last night saw that in the third period, with the Penguins well on their way to a victory, Derek Stepan carried the puck through the neutral zone, and was hit by Brooks Orpik. The hit was a knee-on-knee hit, and Stepan was down on the ice for a while before skating to the bench. Video is below:
When watching the video, different angles show different...
It could be that Shanny is too busy looking at himself naked in the mirror, but it appears there is no hearing scheduled for Brooks Orpik via The New York Rangers blog.
Update, 12:47 p.m.:
Zipay reports that Ryan McDonagh says that Stepan was sore this morning, but doesn't think it's anything serious.
...Dr. McD to the rescue.
Zipay also reports...
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...
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...
I'm usually a big fan of Brooks Orpik as he is the exact type of defenseman the Rangers have been missing since Jeff Beukeboom, but after his knee-on-knee hit on Derek Stepan last night, I've lost a lot of respect for the guy...
Hey Torts, how'd you feel about the hit? (watch here)..."It's a cheap dirty hit. I wonder what would have happened if we...
Update, 12:47 p.m.:Zipay reports that Ryan McDonagh says that Stepan was sore this morning, but doesn't think it's anything serious....Dr. McD to the rescue.Zipay also reports that no hearing has been scheduled for Brooks Orpik, and appears there won't be....there's Bettman's NHL for you. Glad the league is trying to cut down on dangerous plays.According to Pat...
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 [...]
Bergen Record - John Tortorella fined $20,000 for remarksBergen Record - Gulitti: These guys deserve some NHL hardwareNew York Post - BROOKS: Rangers should hope for favorable first-round foeDaily News - Stepan looks OK, Torts hit with fineNew York Times - Tortorella, Fined for Comments About Penguins, Turns Focus to CapitalsNewsday - NHL fines Torts $20,000 for Penguins remarksRemember...
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...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, As If there had been any previous doubt, this week’s events demonstrated once and for all the Penguins are the NHL’s version of Made Men, not only untouchable but protected by the authorities against insult.
The league responded to John Tortorella’s withering verbal attack on the Pittsburgh organization, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as...
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...