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NHL Suspends Tortorella for Game 6

The NHL has announced that Rangers Coach John Tortorella is suspended for Sunday's Game 6 after squirting a fan with water and throwing a water bottle that hit a fan during the third period last night at Verizon Center.

The Rangers will have only assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld behind the bench tomorrow when New York hosts the Caps at Madison Square Garden.

From NHL.com:

"While it is a difficult decision to suspend a coach at this point in a playoff series, it has been made clear to all of our players, coaches and other bench personnel that the National Hockey League cannot -- and will not -- tolerate any physical contact with fans," NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. "We do not take this action lightly. It is the result of an entire day of investigation and evaluation that included the retrieval and review of videotape of the incident and discussions with Mr. Tortorella, other Rangers' bench personnel and a number of other people, including the security personnel at the Verizon Center.

Tarik is working on a story for tomorrow's paper and will have more on the suspension soon. Update: Here it is.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 25, 2009; 10:07 PM ET
 
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unbelievable. what a weird twist. Avery did it, he finally drove torts crazy.
I don't like that fans are getting involved with the coaches and players. Classless. Do I think that the Caps have an advantage over NY because of it? NO. I think it will make the rangers focus and get their heads out of the clouds. After all, Schoenfeld isn't a novice. The rags are going to be pissed off. So are the fans. I wonder if that will be in bb's head.

The rangers have someone to win for now.

Game 6 just got harder.

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I hope this isn't extra motivation for the Rags, like let's win one for Torts. That being said, glad I won't see his smirking face on Sunday and hope they put that same fan behind the bench for Game 7*.

Posted by: bigalgreek | April 25, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Have to laugh on this one. Avery has fallen apart, Lundqvist was exposed, and now Torts... one Rag at a time. Do you think the Caps are smelling blood in the water?

Posted by: gonchpup | April 25, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Read the article on NHL.com about the suspension, there was a memo sent at the beginning of the season that specifically said squirting water on a fan would result in suspension. This could be a calculated move by Torts to fire up his team.

Posted by: bp90 | April 25, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

thinking it would be cake = series 3-1 favoring NY.

shame on torts getting the boot. win or lose, he had a good series for a sub in coach. that said, flipping out is no way to inspire avery to be more controlled.

Posted by: am_jim | April 25, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Torts is even aware of the memo, seeing as how he wasn't behind the bench then. I think his temper just got the best of him. This was not a calculated move to fire up his team. The Caps are in there heads and they are falling apart. BB will find a way to capitalize on it. Caps will win!

Posted by: gonchpup | April 25, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Reposts, because I know how much everyone cares what I think...

Suspended for tomorrow is not enough. He should be arrested when he get to the VC Tuesday -- they would arrest you or me.

Posted by: uncatim | April 25, 2009 10:16 PM

You are right, oo7. I don't think Torts' suspension is a good for the Caps, either. The rags will be pumped. And unfortunately, Schoenfeld will do just fine.

Posted by: uncatim | April 25, 2009 10:24 PM

Posted by: uncatim | April 25, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this will benefit the Rangers in any way. It's not like their coach whooped up on Bruce or anything. He lost it and nailed a woman in the head. Where do you see the inspiration when your coach loses it?

Posted by: gonchpup | April 25, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

But, maybe the Rangers line changes will be a bit ragged, with a too-many men on the ice penalty or two?

Posted by: dezlboy1 | April 25, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, I also saw Torts grab a hockey stick and wield it at the fans like a speer. If the plexiglass was not there, he looked like he would attack them.

I don't care what anyone says; the guy lost it. And this was a terrible thing to do to his team at this critical time. He is conveying to them that he is not confident and that, like Avery, their leader is not capable of being in charge of his emotions.

No way is this behavior a motivator and rallying cry for his team. It's like a parent throwing a temper tandrum rather than comforting the child and leading by example. He let his team down.

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup, now its not Torts talking to them, its Schoenfeld. Its a new voice, an experienced voice, a respected voice. The ship has a new captain and he's issuing orders. You either show up for the team and bond, or you sink. They have more motivation now. Just like getting a slap in the face can bring someone about, the rangers just got the proverbial slap in the face.

Personally, I'd rather them starry eyed and reeling.

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

make sure that fan is back there behind torts for game seven givin' him some more of the business!!!

Posted by: deadskin | April 25, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

(I am also reposting this because I am sure people would never forgive me if they missed it)

My hunch is that the Rags will be demoralized without Torts. It could have the opposite effect for all I know, but this is my gut reaction. First Avery went out of control and disappeared; then Lundy had a bad game and they couldn't hide behind him; and now Torts is out. These three were paart of their identity and Torts was the face of the new Rangers. I have seen the team become unnerved several times, including when we score first.

#10. Signs that they can become unnerved and have difficulty coming back.

So there. How many more reasons do you want?

Now of course a lot depends on our guys coming out strong and super aggressive, but I think they will.

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is big news. But I agree, it is unclear how this will affect the Rangers. I think they will be at a disadvantage with one coach behind the bench. Surely all those assistants do something ;)! And how much could this fire up the Rangers or the Caps??? I sure hope to be back at Verizon on Tuesday. It was electric there. Starting the game off with a shortie, how about that!!!

Posted by: lanthier | April 25, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

This Rangers team is falling apart. They have played less and less like a team as the series advances and are now solely relying on their all-star superhuman goal tender to get "hot" and save the game. And with the coach calling out his players to the media today, the players probably aren't feeling the cohesiveness they once shared. It's hard not to stare and analyze a bad car wreck. What a strange series.

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 25, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

oo7 - Two ways to see it. Teams may muck it up in a fight to get inspired, but I see this as an embarrassing situation that may haunt them. It's not like he did something gutsy. The Caps have handled the crap from Avery and kept their composure despite the frustration of being down to a lesser team. The Rangers are probably sensing the impending implosion. It was not so much a slap in the face as much as them getting their butts kicked.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 25, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Torts.
We should just care about the NY HOCKEY RANGERS tomorrow.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 25, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup, they're pros. I think it's a wakeup call. but it doesn't mean they'll win, it means they'll refocus. Guys like drury and naslund and gomez have been around enough to know how to regroup. I don't count them out because of the suspension at all.

regardless, the caps have punched holes in the rangers shield. Tomorrow is war. Let's see who shows up with blood on their minds and who leaves with it on their hands.

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

The Rags are imploding right in front of us all. First Avery now Torts. Come on Caps lets get this thing back to VC, the roof will blow off Tuesday nite!

Posted by: daddy_axe | April 25, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

This is AWESOME!

Posted by: NatyBG | April 25, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans, just found this awesome PDF of Capitals information prepared for the playoffs. Enjoy!

http://downloads.capitals.nhl.com/other/WSHplayoffguide09.pdf

Posted by: lanthier | April 25, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

This suspension doesn't matter one bit. As Ovi said, it's up the Caps as it has been the entire series. They are the superior team and if they come out and play like we know they can play, they will win.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 25, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious...as I have never seen a coach suspended in the playoffs...what exactly is the criteria for suspension? Is he banned from entering MSG? Can he still address his team in the locker room? Can he still "call in" orders from afar?

I personally think he should be shackled and flogged by Avery for the entire game.

In all seriousness, I think this will make absolutely no difference in the game. The players need to play as the puck doesn't care.

Go hard Caps. Bring it on home.....

Posted by: eyechip | April 25, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many lawyers are calling up the girl who got hit with a bottle?

I think the Caps just know now that when they play well, they spank them. The goalie isn't infallable. Their defense is good, but they can be had. If they could jsut connect on a power play though...

Tomorrow should be an interesting game to watch. Caps better make sure their first 10 minutes have them in control.

Posted by: sasha_206 | April 25, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Stating the obvious, this will either rally the Rags or they will be so discombobulated, they will continue to implode.

Either way, the Caps have to come out flying and get to Lundqvist early, or it could be a long game.

Posted by: Chase4 | April 25, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I personally don't see anything changing. His suspension doesn't really do much for the Caps. They're concentrating on their game and scoring first to get momentum going. I really don't see any effect on either team actually. If anything, it just makes it likely that Bruce might get something dumped on him at MSG tomorrow. Other than that, if the Caps are on their game, we could win it.

Posted by: SarahM28 | April 25, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Torts' hissy-fit was an embarrasement to the Rangers. No way is this a motivator. If you think so, you're just looking for excuses to lose game 6.

The key is to score first. If we do, we will win.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | April 25, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

oo7 -

I agree with your respect for players like Drury and am sure he and others will be able to pull it together to an extent. I'm just stating that I see the suspension as more of a demoralizing blow than a rallying cry for the Rangers. As for our Caps, they will continue to outplay them (business as usual) and here's to us enjoying game 7!

Posted by: gonchpup | April 25, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Given that MSG threw bottles and whatever else on the ice when they got spanked at home, I don't picture Torts implosion as an embarrassment to that team.

I also thought Boudreau will get something tossed on him too. Which could just rally the Caps tomorrow if that were to happen to their coach.

Posted by: sasha_206 | April 25, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers appear to be self-destucting. That being said, the Caps still have to come out blazing and make sure to score first.

Can Schoenfeld really keep the Rangers together -- all by himself when he's the assistant, with no other assistants on the bench? Or will this whole fiasco be like the Don Denkinger bad call incident to the St Louis baseball Cardinals who had a 3 game to 1 edge and lost the World Series? (Okay, that series is ancient history as it happened when Ovi was less than a month old.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 25, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Don Dekinger???!!!!! Holy crap, I know exactly where I was during that game. Laying in a hospital bed with broken ribs and a lacerated kidney from a spear.

Posted by: Chase4 | April 25, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup, we'll see tomorrow which direction things go. Rally or spear, it's the hardest game the caps have faced so far. perhaps it's in their hands, eh? if they storm out and get ahead while dominating, the rags might fold. If the rags hang in and get lucky, they might feel a rally.

eitherway, I think the caps can do it. I'm not ready for the season to end.

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

What an amazing turn of events. We're concerned because we liked how things were going after last night. Now, this is a wild card.

Bruce just needs to keep them focused. If the rags are imploding, fine, we'll win. If not, we need to find a way to win.

Bodies gotta be flyin again tomorrow. go Caps!!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 25, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

capsfan75 I have no idea what you're talking about :)

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

@oo7

You're obviously not a baseball fan. Back in 1985 (the year that Ovi and my first born child were born), the St. Louis Cardinals were playing the KC Royals and had gotten off to a 3 game to 1 edge. So Game 6 came along and it was the 9th inning and the Cardinals had a slim lead. A guy walked. Then another guy hit an infield grounder. He appeared to be out but the umpire at the time, Don Denkinger, called the guy safe. So the Cards lost their lead and eventually lost the game. So the series was tied up at 3 all. And then the Cards were blown out in Game 7. And so all Cardinal fans remembered the name Don Denkinger in infamy ever since.

@chase,

Sorry to hear that you were in the hospital then, with broken ribs and a lacerated kidney.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 25, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Geez! I am going to NY tomorrow to go to the game... I can't decide if I should wear my jersey or my red raincoat. Either way, we will bring it back home!

Posted by: dougmcc | April 25, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

@007

In the last thread, did you actually say how you want our tortellini to be served? With meat sauce or cheese? You're as bad as me, thinking the name Tortorelli sounds like Tortellini.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 25, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"Stating the obvious, this will either rally the Rags or they will be so discombobulated, they will continue to implode."

Well, based on last night's game, the direct effects of that incident resulted in a four minute pp for the Caps (cut short of course when Flash was called)...but the goonery that took place in this game towards the end was no doubt a result of Tortilla sending a message to both the fans and then the Caps players.

If that continues at all tomorrow, well, hopefully our powerplay finally starts clicking.

Go Caps! They can do this!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 25, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

With Tortellini out of the picture for tomorrow, will they revert to their old, boring hockey?

And what will happen to Avery? Will be play or sit out?

Okay, Sasha S., time to score again tomorrow. Those goons can't stop you, as hard as they try!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 25, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Got back from a movie...got 4 texts during it letting me know Torts got the hook for tomorrow. I think trying to label it as a rallying point or having any real effect on the game is pointless. They have the last change on home ice, so he can state the matchups he wants tonight and know they can always get them.

I'd prefer nothing really to change though, no new wrinkle to the series. After 5 games I think we have them where we want them (as much as you can while being down 3-2). I don't anticipate it having any real impact on the game, it's still going to come down to getting through Lundy early.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

My guess is Avery plays.

Posted by: Chase4 | April 26, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Tarik

Will his suspension enrage his team -causing them to play their best hockey?

Or will it deflate them -because they come to the realization that their coach is a hypocrite?

Should the caps (and caps fans) even care... as long as the Caps play their game they'll win?!

Posted by: driven27 | April 26, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

So he sits Avery for "lack of discipline". Then he does this? Guess its do as I say not as I do.

Posted by: jfwil | April 26, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Ducks/Sharks going to OT. Fabulous.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Interesting - Rangers Report speculates one of the coaches from Hartford will be assistant coaching tomorrow afternoon.

That's Hartford... who, one of the Rags fans pointed out, just blew a 3-1 series lead and went out of the playoffs.

Posted by: KurtNYC | April 26, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

With an assistant coach running the show for the Rangers, will they play more conservatively?

On the Sharks/Ducks, the Sharks had blown a 2 goal lead and now they're in overtime. So, can the Sharks stay alive?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 26, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone knows if it will motivate them or not but the bottom line is, if we go and play our game I don't care what it does to them because it won't be enough. We are the better team and as long as we play well there will be a game 7.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

I also must say that just as I am stunned that we were down 3-1 and now 3-2, I am also just as stunned that SJ is now 1 goal away from being eliminated! They are currently 3 minutes in to the 1st OT. SJ was up 2-0 going into the 3rd and gave up 2 goals. Wonder if they'll blow the team up or not. WOW! My bracket's gonna suck!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 He was SAFE...but that's coming from a Royals fan. :)

Speaking of classless fans, Cardinals fans went out of their way to vandalize Kauffman Stadium after the Cards lost Game 7 of that series, and Denkinger himself never really recovered. He spent the rest of his life getting death threats and hate mail over that one call, which, in the end, really didn't matter. Check out the "Five Reasons You Can't Blame..." series on ESPN for a more in-depth look at the situation. Not like he had a history of bad, biased, calls, like, say, Don Koharski.

Posted by: Bra8en | April 26, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

So SJ survives and lives to see a game 6 in Anaheim.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"Sources close to the situation say that New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is both crushed and incensed by his one-game suspension.

He's crushed because he is not going to be on the bench and a part of trying to help his team close out their series with the Washington Capitals on Sunday. He's incensed because - again according to sources - the Rangers repeatedly put in a request for additional security and they feel that request wasn't materialized."

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/darren_dreger/?id=276494


"Caps winger Alex Ovechkin jokingly offered his view of the situation at practice: "Good job by our fans. Our fans are one more player for us. They do what they have to do for us. They scream and they're loud. Maybe it was too much to [throw] beer or water or whatever, but sometimes that happens. And maybe that's going to happen Sunday against us, too. You never know.""

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/ny-sprang2612699560apr25,0,5164774.story

You guys are looking like a pretty classless organization these days

Posted by: JK111 | April 26, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we are classless. Clearly.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse


"Sources close to the situation say that New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is both crushed and incensed by his one-game suspension.

He's crushed because he is not going to be on the bench and a part of trying to help his team close out their series with the Washington Capitals on Sunday. He's incensed because - again according to sources - the Rangers repeatedly put in a request for additional security and they feel that request wasn't materialized."

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/darren_dreger/?id=276494


"Caps winger Alex Ovechkin jokingly offered his view of the situation at practice: "Good job by our fans. Our fans are one more player for us. They do what they have to do for us. They scream and they're loud. Maybe it was too much to [throw] beer or water or whatever, but sometimes that happens. And maybe that's going to happen Sunday against us, too. You never know.""

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/ny-sprang2612699560apr25,0,5164774.story

You guys are looking like a pretty classless organization these days

Posted by: JK111 | April 26, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know Sean Avery was on these boards!

Posted by: washcaps | April 26, 2009 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, we're pretty classless. I mean after all when you ask people who the most classless fans in the world are Caps fans or DC fans come up pretty quickly don't we? Next thing you know we'll be throwing trash on the ice and booing the Easter Bunny.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Rangers fans are right about our being classless. There weren't a lot of Rags jerseys in the stands Friday night, but it seemed like every other one was an Avery sweater. We can learn a lot from them.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Classless is getting involved with a fan. No matter how harsh the taunts get, part of being a professional is not losing your head.

Posted by: trunkenmath | April 26, 2009 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Is it 2:00 yet?

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter if Tort is there or not, we will still win, no matter what!

No one is going to play hard for a coach who made a dumb decision and lost his cool, that's not a reason to play for someone. I agree, the Rags are falling apart as the series gets longer. They should be happy they still lead 3-2. But it won't be like that for much longer.

Go CAPS! Go Varly, go everyone! Caps win 3-1 and bring it back home, then Caps win 4-2 in game 7!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 6:25 AM | Report abuse

What goes around comes around. Maybe we would of let's Torts alone if he hadn't ordered Avery to punch and hack his way through this series.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 26, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I was so happy to see the suspension. Not because it will help or hurt the caps, but because it was the right thing to do.

Any other person in that stadium who did what Tortellini did -- throw a bottle at a spectator (hitting an innocent person), then brandishing a speer in a threatening manner at fans -- would have been arrested for assault and taken away in handcuffs. Tortellini deserves the same in my book. He is lucky that assault charges were not pressed. If I were the woman that was hit, I would have insisted on that occuring. This is not an incident between players occuring on the ice -- this is an incident involving a fan.

As to whether it helps or hurts the Rangers, I don't know, but I can't see how losing your coach in a critical playoff game helps.

If the suspension carries rules similar to player suspensions, Tortellini cannot have any contact with the players between the time of the suspension and the completion of the game, and cannot set foot in the stadium or practice facility.

I applaud the league for doing the right thing. The NHL has come a long way from the night in 1978 when Mike Milbury charged into the Philadelphia stands, knocked down a fan, took his shoe off and beat him in the head with it, an event immortalized on Youtube if anyone needs a reminder.

Posted by: KWall1 | April 26, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Not sure how this will effect the Rangers as Torts did his usual job of calling out players in the press. Gotta say that making comments about Ranger fans throwing trash on the ice are "pot meet kettle". A few Caps fans have also done this. After Game 7 of the Philly series last year, Caps fan threw trash and hit a Philly player. There was at least one game this year at VC when fans threw trash on the ice at the end. It is never right to do.

Posted by: NovaCath | April 26, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

THere were conflicting reports as to whether or not someone threw something at Toorts. Some say he did. Others say he was merly heckled when he threw the bottle. Still, the coach should maintain control of himself. Just like parents of unruly children should maintain control.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 26, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

@jfwil

So, Torts benches Avery for being out of control. So what does he do himself/ Goes out of control.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 26, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

@Bra8en

I thought the guy looked out (on the Royals), but I'm a Cardinal fan so I'm biased. But, overall, Denkinger was generally a good umpore. I also say that I see less mistakes by baseball umps than by hockey refs and greater objectivity as a whole.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 26, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208

I thought it was Philadelphia fans who did things like boo the Easter Bunny.

(Yes, I know you were being sarcastic about the comments on Wash fans being classless.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 26, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Since its a fact Tortella assaulted a caps fan then its clear it will motivate the caps. Thanks Torts.

Posted by: rockbroker | April 26, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

omg... I'm getting soooo nervous.. PLEASE don't let us down Caps!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Caps fans will say the Rangers are in trouble...they will have a clear disadvantage from an X and O's standpoint and motivation.

Rangers fans will say they are fired up now, and the team will come together.

Lets be honest....none of it matters...Henrik has to be the best player or it's game 7 time...

If there is any justice, Avery will find a way to get to the box, and we will bury them for it...

We have nothing to lose...our legacy will be that we got beat by a hot goalie...The Rangers legecy will be they are a bunch of out of control choking dogs that didnt deserve the series in the first place.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 26, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

If I was the innocent fan hit by the water bottle, I'd sue Torterella, the Rangers, the Capitals and the NHL.

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 26, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it really depends on Lundy today. But if we score two goals, I think Varly can make it stand. Lundy can have a good day and we just need to beat him at least twice. Let's be honest, have the Rangers really scored since Callahan's goal in game 2? Nope. We'll need two goals, that's not too much to ask for. I really don't see the Rangers scoring 2 goals. The only way they do is if we deflect it in, like what happened in game 4, I don't see us losing today.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Typical NHL, another MEANINGLESS suspension. If there is one person on this planet that thinks Torts isn't going to be coaching today......you are just a waste of sperm.

Posted by: caphcky | April 26, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Ok. I'll just throw this one out there to see if anyone knows (UK Dave maybe)? I am in Budapest Hungary. Are there NHL feeds of any type in Europe, perhaps at a large sports bar type place?

Posted by: dukster | April 26, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I am currently watching Karate Kid, which gives me hope that the under dog will rise up in the end! PLEASE...hockey season just can't be over for the Caps! Play simple hockey, ignore the drama, play a good defensive game, block pucks, and crash the net!!!!

Posted by: NatyBG | April 26, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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