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NY Ranger Coach John Tortorella suspended for Game 6

This for an altercation between him and a fan on Friday night. From ESPN-

Rangers coach John Tortorella has been suspended by the NHL for one game because he squirted a fan with water and threw a water bottle into the stands, striking a spectator in Washington.

Tortorella, who replaced the fired Tom Renney in February, will miss Game 6 on Sunday when New York hosts the Capitals with a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The NHL ruled Saturday night that Tortorella’s actions Friday night during the Rangers’ 4-0 loss that cut their series lead to 3-2 warranted a serious punishment.

At 6:33 of the third period, Tortorella got into a verbal confrontation with a fan behind the bench. A video replay showed the coach heaving a green water bottle into the crowd. Tortorella then grabbed forward Aaron Voros’ stick and held it high, waving it in the fan’s direction.

Here’s the Youtube video of the incident.

The fan was loud, obnoxious, and probably drunk. Tortorella, who is fiery under the best of circumstances, lost his cool. He should have remained focused on what was going on in the game, not the stands.

Now can someone please tell me what ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun is drinking? He writes-

It’s a ballsy move by the league, which is apparently trying to send a tough message to its players and coaches about crossing that fine line when emotions run high in the postseason.

I’ve pointed out countless times, the wrongheaded priorities the NHL has. Tortorella gets suspended one game for throwing a water bottle, John Avery is put on indefinite suspension for off color comments, but Todd Bertuzzi is still allowed to play even though he ended another player’s career with a gruesome act of thuggery. Tell me which was worse, what Bertuzzi did or that the NHL hasn’t kicked that thug out of the league already.

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