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It didn’t take long for John Tortorella to return to form

Jan 20, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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One thing we all missed during the lockout was John Tortorella’s post-game grumbling. After the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to the Bruins last night, he showed that a little extra time off didn’t cause him to lose his edge.

What got under Torts’ skin? His team taking bad penalties as Katie Strang from ESPNNewYork.com reports. In particular, Brian Boyle‘s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing with a referee after being assessed a goaltender interference call irked him.

“That’s a penalty with the goalie. It’s a penalty,” Tortorella chided. “He needs to shut his g—— mouth. It’s just momentum. It’s a game of momentum. It certainly gave them that.”

All right, who wants to argue about momentum with the coach, hmm?

Taking an extra dumb penalty to go along with a mistake that’s already been made is a great way to land on Tortorella’s radar. Doing it in a losing cause is a great way to earn extra grief during practice. Boyle will try to redeem himself tonight against the Penguins at Madison Square Garden.

  1. johnstone17 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    As well he should be!

  2. dutchman1350 - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Can’t wait until he gets in Nash’s grill…Rick may wet himself.

  3. bricktop02 - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    He is the biggest crybaby coach in the league. Someone get a bag of frozen peas to put on his vagina.

    • rangersatl - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      So two stupid penalties are ok as long as torts doesnt whine, loser

    • prosportswashington - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      that gets a thumbs up just for being funny hahaha

    • lsxphotog - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      You clearly don’t play hockey and know what it’s like to have a coach who reams you out for mistakes versus a kind, caring coach who doesn’t yell. I always love coaches who curse me out because, as a player, the mistakes are on you. You get a dumb penalty, you don’t need to hear “better luck next time” you need to hear “what the hell were you thinking out there!”

      It’s called coaching…there’s no hand-holding needed in the NHL. These guys need to be yelled at and the media should be told about it at the same time.

      That’s just me…maybe you like your coaches to be OK with bad mistakes and not tell other people how upset they are?

      • eyeh8goodell - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        And there’s a way to do that and a way not to do that. Tortorella would do well to remember he’s in the room with grown men who are much better hockey players on their worst day than he ever was on his best day. You can call out mistakes in a respectful manner. This is why teams eventually tune him out and he gets fired…….and this will happen in New York as well.

      • dolphincult - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        there is a time and a place for coaches to shred players or they risk getting tuned out. I know first hand. Torts is a great coach and this is a great example of when to shred an idiot making millions for tacking on extra juice to an error. ………but there will be many mistakes in this beer league level shortened season of no training camp etc in a 31 team league filled with overpaid professional hockey bums. torts should take some downers or he will have a jammer. There will be tonnes of bigger mistakes than this sham of a run for the cup

    • babykaby - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:26 AM

      You’re a pig. Grow up.

  4. rangersatl - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    So two stupid penalties are ok as long as torts doesnt whine, loser

  5. stakex - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I don’t blame Torts for being pissed. The Rangers put up a very so-so effort last night, and took some really bad penelties. Its probably a result of the layoff and short camp, but it still happened. Anyone who expects Torts to be happy about it knows nothing about compedative sports.

  6. vbcaps - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I thought NYR was favored to go all the way???

    • anthonykornheiser - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I didn’t know hockey was a one game elimination……….weirdo.

  7. banger60 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I love all the comments!, hockey is back! LET’S GO RANGERS!

  8. proudliberal85392 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Ya gotta love Torts!

  9. sportsfreak13 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Torttorella telling someone they need to shut their mouth? Boyle was just doing what he sees his coach do every day, run his mouth.

  10. eyeh8goodell - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Torts is your textbook example of a midget with a Napoleon Complex. All mouth, with nothing in reserve to back it up. So with regard to him telling people to shut their “g-damn mouths”………pot meet kettle.

  11. dolphincult - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    there is a time and a place for coaches to shred players or they risk getting tuned out. I know first hand. Torts is a great coach and this is a great example of when to shred an idiot making millions for tacking on extra juice to an error. ………but there will be many mistakes in this beer league level shortened season of no training camp etc in a 31 team league filled with overpaid professional hockey bums. torts should take some downers or he will have a jammer. There will be tonnes of bigger mistakes than this sham of a run for the cup

  12. pastabelly - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    The Rangers were just outplayed period. Sorry coach. This one’s on you. You team played with less intensity than the Bruins.

  13. modellforprez - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    torts the tard needs to shut his f*k*n* mouth. nobody cares what you think or say. now may your team bleed me a river.

  14. remosnozzberri82 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Look at torts track record and his ring…. Ya mental midgets!!

  15. biffnasty - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    coach of the year. the guy may have a penis that resembles a large clitoris but he knows how to get his players playing at their full potential

    • babykaby - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:24 AM

      Why don’t you grow up past the age of ten? Everything does NOT revolve around your apparent obsession with what you lack between your legs, JERK. Torts is a sophisticated gentleman compared to you.

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