Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/1/11

John Tortorella didn't appreciate San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton calling his team "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."

Well, Tortorella was also "honest" in his response.

"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."

Thornton attempted to clarify his statement, detailing that "soft" wasn't the right word to describe the Rangers.

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.

With the contest tied at 2-2, Callahan converted Erik Christensen's goal-mouth pass and banged it home with six minutes remaining in the second period. Just 2:42 later, Artem Anisimov accepted Christensen's feed and backhanded the puck past Antti Niemi before Callahan cleaned up a loose puck with 48 seconds remaining for his fourth goal in as many games.

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