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What they’re saying about the Tortorella-DeBoer shouting match

May 22, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

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Here’s what media folk are saying in the wake of yesterday’s shouting match between John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer — the latest chapter in what’s been a simmering feud between the two bench bosses.

Larry Brooks, New York Post

Maybe this is what John Tortorella meant by gamesmanship, maybe the Rangers’ coach defines that as racing to the front of his team’s bench for an exchange of angry words with Devils coach Pete DeBoer, a man whose presence he clearly cannot abide.

Maybe this latest incident, coming at 6:18 of last night’s third period after Mike Rupp punched Martin Brodeur in the mask in a Game 4 the Blueshirts trailed 3-0 and would lose 4-1, of gamesmanship was required because the Blueshirts essentially had no game.

Steve Politi, Star-Ledger

Devils coach Pete DeBoer practically climbed over the partition separating the two benches to yell at Tortorella, with the Rangers coach returning fire. It’s safe to say these two won’t be vacationing at LBI together this summer.

“This isn’t about John and I,” DeBoer said. “This is about the guys on the ice. So I don’t have anything to say about that.”

He doesn’t have to say a thing. Tortorella provided the Devils all the motivation they needed Monday night, ripping what he perceived as its dirty play when it was his player, Brandon Prust, who was suspended for a vicious elbow in Game 3.

Katie Strang, ESPN New York

It was rare, not because Tortorella is the picture of serenity — he had launched a fiery tirade toward the Devils one day earlier — but because it signified an uncharacteristic lack of restraint from a disciplined Rangers squad that has built its success with its mind-numbing consistency.

The Devils were delighted.

“That’s what we’re trying to hopefully see out of them,” said defenseman Bryce Salvador, who finished with a goal and an assist, “is a lack of composure.”

Pat Leonard, NY Daily News

Tortorella and DeBoer came only a few feet away from literally being at each other’s throats, storming to the edge of their respective benches and cursing across the working space of NBC on-ice analyst Pierre McGuire after Rupp jabbed Brodeur inside his crease following a whistle with 13:42 remaining.

“Oh it was nothin,’” McGuire joked after the game. “I’ve seen worse.”


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  1. ballistictrajectory - May 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    It’s got to be Pierre’s fault. They’re always fighting around him. He’s got to be egging them on in some way…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      “You sound like a bigger gay than Pierre.”

      “F*** you, Pete, that’s you!”

  2. tonyromoisterrible - May 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Tort is a bag of poo.

  3. screenjam110 - May 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    ….. period after Mike Rupp punched Martin Brodeur …..

    LOL, this is so exaggerated. He shoved him in a routine hockey scuffle way. This happens all of the time. Goalies want to run their mouths they are gonna get hit. So?

    Marty ran his mouth and he got shoved. Not sure what the big deal is. Getting shoved happens after about 50 percent of hockey whistles.

    Like listening to a bunch of woman. Its playoff hockey, and things like this are gonna happen.

    I friggin love it.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      You don’t touch the goalie. That’s just how it is. Not saying I like how much goalies can get away with, I’m just saying if you so much as look at a goalie wrong his teammates are going to step in. That’s hockey.

      • challer9 - May 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        Well whether or not you want to call it punch, Rupp definitely touched Brodeur. And I didn’t see a player on the ice in red that could do anything about it.

  4. mschecht - May 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Hey Mike- Media folks are definitely NOT the “hockey world” like the your headline reads….

  5. brian32556 - May 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Hey Steve Politi, Star-Ledger
    It’s usually these blog writers who ignore the facts. DeBoer didn’t go to the divide until Torts started making his way toward it. And he barely leaned around it, same as Torts. You exaggerated that bit as well as Brodeur did getting hit by Rupper! Let’s Go Rangers!

  6. homerx - May 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Watch the video, DeBoer starts the exchange before Torts goes to the end of the bench and then DeBoer follows. And let’s get this straight, Rupp gave Marty a short jab to the chest not a shot to the mask as is reported in the article. I’ve always hated how goalies have basically been untouchable and was just discussing with friends why you can’t check a goalie when he comes out of the crease to play the puck. My dislike of this goes back to Billy Smith days

  7. vindicatus - May 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    You Rangers fans commenting here and trying to defend Rupp’s and Torta’s actions also must have thought back in the day that those gloves didn’t fit OJ.

    Which reminds me… Was the Simpson trial before or after the last time the Rangers won a cup?

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