You may have heard of “Girls Gone Wild,” I’m sure you’ve all seen “Goalie’s Gone Wild (Part 1 and Part 2),” but in this story, it is definitely Coaches Gone Wild! On April 5th as the season is nearing it’s closure and birth to the Stanley Cup chapter, the Rangers visited the Penguins for an Eastern conference match-up. But what happened is more than what was expected.
Towards the end of the game, a knee collision between Rangers C Derek Stepan and Penguins D Brooks Orpik hurt Stepan and sent him out of the game. Even though Orpik received a five minute major and a game misconduct, it didn’t stop Rangers coach John Tortorella from speaking his mind. Click here to see Sidney Crosby’s response to what Tortorella had said.
“It’s a cheap, dirty hit,” Tortorella said. “I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there. I wonder what would happen. So I’m anxious to see what happens with the league with this. Just not respect amongst players. None. It’s sickening.” (Quote taken from ESPN.com). Now, to my understanding, I believe when he refers to “Their two whining stars…” He means Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. But this brings up a question I have. Maybe the Penguins coach staff is playing it dirty to eliminate the competition in the playoffs. Isn’t that a possibility now. Here me out.
Not even a week ago, when a brawl started when Philadelphia visited Pittsburgh, Philly coach Peter Laviolette stood on top of the bench and called Pens coach Dan Bylsma “gutless.” After Tortorella seen this, he probably told his team how to beat this side of the Penguins, trying not to end up like Philadelphia. Well when it happened, he knew it, and he called them out on it after the game.
“[Pittsburgh is] One of the most arrogant organizations in the league” Tortorella remarked. “They whine about this stuff all of the time, and look what happens?” Tortorella said. “It’s ridiculous. But they’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they?”
HERE’S THE TWIST! Coach T. was fined $20,000 for his out speaking. Earlier this week, coach Laviolette was fined $10,000 for his outgoing behavior. He confronted the coach and assistant coach of Pittsburgh, almost face to face, but when Tortorella says a few things on camera, saving his words until after the game, he gets double the fine? This is crazy. I must not understand how the fine’s are given out or who determine’s them, but I don’t think that their heads are screwed on tight enough.
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