New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is a lot of things — hot-headed, fiery, bombastic, caustic, exceptionally intense — but also a Stanley Cup winner. He has become somewhat iconic in recent seasons for his post-game rants in the aftermath of adverse developments for his hockey teams, and another arrived Thursday night, when his Rangers potentially lost grit center Derek Stepan to an injury the byproduct of a knee-on-knee collision with Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik.
Over the course of about 90 scintillating seconds Torts went nuclear on the “arrogance” of the Penguins, and how they’d most assuredly cry ‘bloody murder’ had one of their key players been felled by a hit such as Orpik’s. No matter what your thoughts of Torts as the Rangers’ bench boss, you have to admire his gumption in calling out the Pens as so many (especially in D.C.) see them. Predictably, Tortorella was fined — big-time! (20 large) — for his temerity Thursday night, perhaps proving his point.
We may soon see Tortorella and the Rangers as a postseason adversary again; but in this instance, we raise a tall cold one in salute to his truth-telling.