NEW YORK (AP) — John Tortorella stood out again at a playoff news conference. Only this time it was because of his feistiness toward the New Jersey Devils and not for his brevity and contentiousness with the media.
The New York Rangers coach defended forward Brandon Prust, who could be facing a suspension because of an elbow to the head of New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov, and accused the Devils of embellishing to draw penalties against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.
“We tell our players, ‘Don’t stay down on the ice. Get up,'” Tortorella said Sunday. “I’ll leave it at that. If we want to start discussing officials with the media, I have a long list here.”
He then began to air it.