John Tortorella Goes Nuts After Capitals Fan Dumps Beer On Him
Total Pro Sports – John Tortorella decided to bench his out-of-control forward Sean Avery for losing his cool in big situations. Wonder what Avery was thinking as he watched Tortorella try to get at some cap fans with a hockey stick.
Last night at the Verizon Center in Washington, during game 5 of the best-of-seven series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, ‘good ol’ Torts’ had another one of his classic moments. But this time we can’t really blame him. During a commercial break late in a 4-0 loss, he got in to it with a drunken fan behind the bench.
“Rangers coach John Tortorella threw a plastic drinking bottle over the glass and into the stands during a confrontation with a fan in the third period of New York’s 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night.”
“Tortorella and a man standing near New York’s bench yelled at each other with about 13 1/2 minutes left in the game. After Tortorella heaved the bottle, he grabbed a hockey stick and held it high, waving it in the fan’s direction. A TV replay of the episode did not show whether anything was thrown at Tortorella, but he did use a towel to wipe off his suit.”
The incident was brought under control, but it was an amusing moment and leaves open a world of possibilities should the series come back to Washington for a game 7. During his press conference, Tortorella replied to questions about the incident by stating that he would only talk about the game.
Tortorella responded: “Ask me a question about the game.”
The reporter continued, asking for elaboration: “Did you throw a water bottle?”
Tortorella: “Ask me a question about the game.”
After seeing Ovechkin’s undress Defense Derrick Morris, its not wonder he was so angry (check the goal out below as well).
The Rangers will head back to New York hoping to close the series out in 6. Hopefully this incident can take some of the attention away from the Avery story, but it is anyone’s guess whether he will suit up again in these playoffs. Sure looked like the Rangers could use him.
Here’s the video of the fan incident from the TSN Camera’s
The angle from the Versus Camera’s
John Tortorella Throwing A Water Bottle Back At Fan