Posted April 06, 2012

Rangers Coach John Tortorella Rips Penguins, Calls Them ‘Arrogant,’ ‘Whining’

NHL

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella viciously ripped the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight after his team lost to the Pens, 5-2, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Responding to a question about the knee-on-knee hit that Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik laid on the Rangers’ Derek Stepan in the third period, Tortorella responded by calling the Penguins a dirty team, according to Sean Gentille of the Sporting News.

“It’s a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there,” Tortorella said, referring to centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. “It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens.

“They’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they, starting with their two [expletive] stars.”

Orpik received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, which occurred with less than five minutes left in the game. The Penguins tacked on one last goal in the final minute and cruised to victory, improving to second in the Eastern Conference with 104 points.