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Tortorella says Devils are bending rules, DeBoer calls accusations “comical”

May 20, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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The passive-aggressive war of words Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils coach Peter DeBoer are having is pretty fantastic.

We saw these two snipe at each other late in the season after their final regular season game saw numerous fights in the opening seconds. DeBoer called Tortorella a hypocrite over the line brawl while Tortorella told DeBoer to go stuff it. The playoffs are proving to be no different.

During his meet-up with the media this morning, Tortorella deflected talk of Brandon Prust‘s nasty elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov to talk up the different things the Devils are doing that are against the rules.

“Prust has played probably 300-plus games without any hearing, anything going on with him. He’s probably one of the most honest players,” Tortorella said. “I look at Zubrus’ elbow to Stralman. I look at Parise launching himself at Del Zotto. Maybe if our players stayed down on the ice, we’ll get something.

“We tell our players don’t stay down on the ice. Get up. I hope – I’ll leave it at that. Picking on the power play, set plays, picking on the power play. If we want to start discussing officials with the media, I have a long list here. That’s a set play by Jersey. Picking so we can’t get to Kovalchuk to block a shot.”

If you’re counting at home that’s two hits called out and a not-so veiled insinuation that the Devils are embellishing as well as interfering to get their way.

As for Peter DeBoer, he was asked about Tortorella’s comments after this morning’s practice and did his best Tortorella impression when addressing it saying the accusations were, “Comical.”

It might be time to rent a barn for these two and have it out. The handshake line at the end of this series should be nice and frosty.

  1. daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Shut up Whinorella! Now you wanna talk? Guess its better if stupid ignorant crap is all you wanna say. Will be happy when this guy’s outta the league for good.

    • m1k3g - May 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Is it just me or are this guy’s comments about Pittsburgh’s “whining superstars” reaching ridiculously ironic proportions at this point?

      • bbk1000 - May 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Torts is a good coach, his players like him and they play hard for him.

        If you don’t see that than you don’t understand the team or the game.

      • biasedhomer - May 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        No, Pittsburgh’s “whining superstars” are whiners, it is complete truth. But hey, you follow your captain, they are doing just that.

      • m1k3g - May 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Right…. because you hear Malkin talking constantly.

    • anthonykornheiser - May 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      yeah, he’s going to be out of the league for good. he’s already won a cup, everyone that has played for him (aside avery)loves him, his team this yr won the east and 2 games away from the finals. someone needs to get rid of this guy.
      while youre at it, make up your mind. he whines all the time, but is a douche because he never talks to the media, which is it?
      nothing wrong with what he’s saying. There have been numerous picks in this series eg: callahan being tackled yesterday trying to get to kovalchuk on the pk. it’s ok for deboer to talk? and while we are at talking, and whining, brodeur hasnt shut up the entire series. Everyday it’s something new. i hate manhattan, they block lundqvists for him, hes lucky, the ranger fans have more money etc etc.

      • daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        He’s a jerk & makes the league look bad! Not surprise to see a Ranger fan defend him. He is one of you, bunch of neanderthals. No class coach, no class team, no class fans.

    • oconnor007 - May 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Please explain how the Rangers and their fans are classless?

      Have you not noticed that when Tortorella does this, he’s doing this to keep the pressure off of his players.

    • stakex - May 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Torts has a very good shot at his 2nd Stanly Cup in 8 years. Hes not going to be out of the NHL for a long time…

    • 1337ryan - May 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Hah! This guy! Love Pitt fans who have no idea what they’re talking about. So entertaining! Please continue. Big fan.

  2. jimw81 - May 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Tortorella is right about the picks. There were alot of them that went uncalled in Flyers-Devils series and you do see it in this series but No one calling the game on NBC is calling them out on it. The only difference is the flyers didn’t cry to media about it.

    • jb8dale3 - May 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      the flyers probably should have tried to cry foul bout it…..cause there golfing or having surgeries now!!!!

  3. jkr3 - May 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Who cares about picks?! Devils players are simply standing still; that’s not an interference penalty. I don’t know how you compare an elbow to the head to a pick.

  4. dabutcha114 - May 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Devil suck. Tell your chumps to get up and play. All hail the King

    • chill1184 - May 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      The King who has yet to won anything yet

      • teaspoon1731 - May 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        He has a gold metal. That’s something.

    • rangersuk - May 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      King of what? King of no cups? King of GQ appearances? King of sparkly glitter on his mask?

  5. DTF31 - May 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Running a pick is just smart hockey. Detroit and Vancouver excel at it out west. The Coyotes do a pretty good job of it too. He shouldn’t be mad that his opponent is doing it better than his team.

  6. tackledummy1505 - May 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Both teams play crappy hockey. What do you all expect? Picking in hockey is stupid and holding should be banned. No one wants to watch grown men hug all day lol. Once again these teams will go 7 with the Rangers going onto the Finals. Fix is in lol

    • jkay1818 - May 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      you’re still around? you are without a doubt the biggest moron on this entire site. if we compile your 500 comments, its about 2 thumbs up and 1000000 thumbs down. everything you type from your mothers basement is asinine. You sound like a complete whiney clown on every post. what fix? dude, your team gave up 400 goals when you won the cup, i mean beat the pens in the first round and got absolutely DESTROYED, ran off the ice by the devils in round two. yet you still troll and say moronic things. your team is irrelevant, they play zero defense and have zero grit, they are soft and you have a weak goalie…period. you keep ripping on the rangers, they beat your team 6-0! in the regular season, an even bigger beatdown than NJ gave you. both teams play “crappy” hockey but both teams put it on your soft team all season, including embarrassed at home in the winter classic and on natl tv by the devils night and night out. soft ass players with a soft ass D. you know whats more stupid than picking? your big mouth goalie and your whiney superstar claude giroux who has temper tantrums on the ice. go cry to your friends in day camp in disgusting philly all summer and let real teams play….clown

      • dmacirish - May 21, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        i agree with you that tackledummy is not an intelligent person and that jersey beat us pretty handedly. on the other hand, there are some holes in your argument up there and i would think you might want to hold back on the attacking of the flyers. one douchebag trolling does not mean the flyers suck or have zero grit as you propose.

  7. gbditka - May 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Quite ironic that the same letters that spell out Tortorella also can be used to spell “TOOL.” Stay “Rex Ryan” classy Johnny & be thankful for Henrik Lundqvist as your team is just average without him!

    • anthonykornheiser - May 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      that “tool” joke was HYSTERICAL. are you kidding with that? so hes a jerk for not talking but hes rex ryan for talking. which is it?

      • gbditka - May 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        Sorry to confuse some of the Rangers fans with my past comment, should have spelled it out as I forgot that without pictures — story lines are harder to udnerstand. Simply put, any Head Coach who lacks professionalism whether it be fcraving the spotlight or acting like a “Jack Bird” in front of the media is a disgrace towards an organization. Just take the message Rangers fans that you should be thankful for Henrik Lundqvist as your team is just average without him!

    • chill1184 - May 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Thats an insult to Ryan since Ryan hasn’t accused an opposing head coach of cheating…yet.

      Tortorella is trying to get in DeBoer’s head and DeBoer just shrugs it off. Its funny how Torts is quiet when the Rangers lose but loud like a banshie when they win. Torts must be taking media lessons from WFAN’s (NY sports radio) Mike Francesa who is just a big of an ass (if not bigger) than Torts.

  8. vindicatus - May 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Tortasmella is the biggest joke in the league. The Prust elbow is indefensible, and the video evidence is incontrovertible. The only thing he can try to do is create a smoke screen by talking about phantom Parise and Zubrus hits. He lives in a fantasy world.

    If anyone is throwing picks, it’s the Raggots, and they clutch and grab like Travolta at the massage parlor.


    • mamaduques - May 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      omg….how funny is that

  9. jkay1818 - May 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    whoa! whoa! Loving your fire and enthusiasm. getting feisty here. Devils could have used you at the rock yesterday to yell them on and boo the Rangers, instead of it appearing like a Rangers home game. Maybe you should have put down your dictionary yesterday and attended the game.

  10. cameltoews - May 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Yeah I guess Tortorella sucks guiding his average team to the eastern conference finals and possibly winning the coach of the year. Anyone complaining would kill to have a coach like that.

    • gbditka - May 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Perfect example of a Rangers fan who has a limited aptitude to read and absorb as the comment was “you should be thankful for Henrik Lundqvist as your team is just average without him!” Since you do have him as he has started 3 games this series…your are very good!

      • brian32556 - May 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        gbditka – May 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM
        Just because you say something nice about Lundqvist after your opening point is slamming a great coach doesn’t mean we should stand up and applaud or give you a thumbs up! Your still a jerk, always will be a jerk, and you left your aptitude up your a$$!

      • gbditka - May 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        brian32556 is correct…Put Johnny T in Columbus and they have the #3 pick in the upcoming 2012 June draft. Calling John Tortorella a “great coach” is like saying a fart in church is classy! The guy has a .514 winning percentage in the regualr season throughout his coaching career…not my definition of “great.” (Great Players make Great Coaches)

  11. vindicatus - May 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I’m sorry if my choice of vocabulary makes my post too hard to understand for a mouth-breathing Rangers fan. Maybe the Flyers fan commenting here can break it down for you.

    It must be hard for you Rangers fans to watch your team play in a building that has no working lights, ice machines, or penalty doors. I wouldn’t set foot in the World’s Most Famous Dump if you paid me.

    • mamaduques - May 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      The Devils will be “Staying Alive….Staying Alive”

    • brian32556 - May 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      If things are so bad at the Garden, why do so many players comment that it’s one of the greatest places to play?! Maybe its also because the World’s Most Famous Arena has the World’s Best Fans!!

  12. nyrangersfan - May 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    You must remember, Devils and Philthy fans are of the same bread and similar environment. So whatever comes out of their mouths must be dismissed immediately. All I kept hearing was Ranger chants last night. Just like when we go to Nassau and play. And after their old a$s goalie let in the first two goals 2 minutes apart from eachother, all was left were Ranger fans standing tall for their team.

  13. cameltoews - May 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    I’m not a rangers fan you moron. I’m just not an idiot who is sour my team is no longer in the playoffs. You can clearly see how good of a coach he is especially in yesterday’s game with tangible results after the timeout he took.

  14. sabatimus - May 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Tortellini IS pretty funny, you gotta admit.

    • brian32556 - May 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Very original – again!

  15. phinfan527 - May 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I believe in a higher being, so I am sure the Rangers will be losing this series!!

    • brian32556 - May 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Right, just like all the games we lost to Philly. No, wait! Just like all the games we lost this year. No, wait! Just like losing game seven to Ottawa, no, Washington. No, wait! Just like the hare – slow and steady for the long haul! LET’S GO RANGERS!!

  16. xaf605 - May 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Keep crying tortorella or Cinderella he is the biggest whiner in the nhl.

  17. vindicatus - May 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Everyone overlooks the flaws at the Madison Spare Garbage because the building, like the team that inhabits it, is overhyped trash. An “original six” team that has won all of four Stanley Cups in its entire existence and struts around like it’s the NY Yankees on ice is just as overblown as the “World’s Most Famous Arena” that has been demolished and rebuilt 4 times, and despite the rebuilds still doesn’t have working fixtures. The Rangers deserve to have each and every one of the cockroaches in that building rooting for them.

    Let’s go, Devils.

    • rangersuk - May 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      3 of them with only 6 teams in the league.

  18. cspsrbums - May 21, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Tort is a clown he cries about not getting penalties all playoffs long grown A..hole and play the game stop asking for gimmies he did it against the Caps and senators if not he won’t talk NHL get rid of him he is no good for the game he make a mockery of it

  19. frederick987 - May 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    This time, for the first time, I am with DeBoer. The Rangers played a dirty game There were several bad hits, like the punch to Marty Brodour.

  20. frederick987 - May 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Rangers played dirty, you don’t headhunt, you don’t sucker punch Marty Brodour, There is no excuse for that type of play at this level. orterella is a strait up ass hole, and that is. That. I am no fan of DeBour, but when he’s right. He’s right!

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