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Tortorella Suspension Details; Avery to Play

According to a league official, suspended New York Rangers Coach John Tortorella had to leave the dressing room at noon and cannot have any contact with the team, electronic or otherwise, during the game. He was, however, permitted to address his players prior to 12 p.m., but, according to assistant Jim Schoenfeld, Tortorella chose not to speak to the team because he didn't want to be a distraction. Tortorella is also permitted to remain in the building during the game.

Schoenfeld also said that the comment that caused Tortorella to snap on Friday at Verizon Center wasn't directed at the coach, but rather at one of his players.

"I'll tell you, I know the heart of the guy and I know the thing that triggered it, and it wasn't any sling they threw at him, and there were many," Schoenfeld said this morning. "It's what they said about one of his players. And it's easy to say you've got to be in control, you've got to keep it in check, you've got to turn the other way, there are rules.

"But there's a certain part of your being when you're a coach and it's just like being a parent, and there's certain things you'll put up with when people slander your kids," he added. "And there's a certain line that people crossed. And that's what happened with John. You can say what you want to Torts. I know the man. Call him whatever you want. He'll tell you what to do with your horse, but he's okay with that. But don't get down on the people he cares about. He'll fight for them. He will fight for them, and that's what he did."

Schoenfeld didn't go into detail about what exactly was said or which Ranger was the target of the heckling.

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects the Rangers to rally around Tortorella.

"It's always a disadvantage when your head coach isn't there," he said. "But on the other side of the coin, they are going to be more inspired to win one for the coach, who went to bat for them, probably. I don't know what happened in the incident, but it probably had to do with [the Washington fans] getting on players or the team and the coach stood up for them. So they'll want to stand up for him."

Asked if he expects the MSG fans to return the favor, Boudreau said: "They are the nicest, calmest people going. I would hope not. We'll deal with it."

Isn't ironic that Schoenfeld was suspended for a playoff game back in 1988 when he was coach of the Devils? Schoenfeld was banned for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals for his famous, "Have another doughnut" comment to referee Don Koharski.

Schoenfeld also said that agitator Sean Avery will be back in the lineup today. That, Schoenfeld said, was Tortorella's call.

Schoenfeld will also have two coaches from the Hartford Wolfpack, who were eliminated in the AHL playoffs last night, on hand to help him run the bench. But Schoenfeld will be the head coach, and thus, in charge of matchups.

For more from Schoenfeld's presser, check out the D.C. Sports Bog.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 26, 2009; 12:18 PM ET
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none of this matters - the caps need to come out strong, control the play, have at least a one goal lead after one and pour it on for a full 60. this is what matters

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 26, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Awwwwwww...poor babies...dont say anything bad about my team...we make millions, but have feelings too.

What a joke....That guy talking to the Rangers bench has nothing to do with the Washington Capitals...when you go after him, you disrespect the NHL, and the NHL has spoken.

Enjoy the game on NBC bum...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 26, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

First goal is HUGE. Come out determined to weather the storm, don't cross the streams boys.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, they addressed what I just mentioned in my comment on the previous post. They got 2 AHL coaches to help Shoenfeld run the bench. We still have an advantage since these guys have not worked with these players and at this level.

Posted by: ranndino | April 26, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little concerned about this game today, especially if the Caps play in the first period like they did in Game 4 at MSG. A strong start from the Caps can't be overstated. It would help defuse whatever extra energy the Rangers may have, and it will cut off some of the crowd noise. That first goal has to go to the Caps.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Caps must start strong...and have something to show for it on the scoreboard.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 26, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's show 'em what we got. Get out on the ice and let 'em know you're there. Get that stick in their side, let 'em know you're there. Get that lumber in his teeth, let him know you're there! Bleed all over 'em. Let 'em know you're there.

Posted by: fullright | April 26, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I love the fact that bb keeps agreeing with me : )
I need a new gig.

Posted by: oo7 | April 26, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

sorry, this doesnt hold water. someone said something about a players family and that's what got torts so upset? i'm not buying it. even if they did, does not condone physical contact with the fans. coaches and players need to be above that. i'm sure he's heard worse in philly and elsewhere. he was p'od by his teams play and he snapped. great example for your team torts.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

create your own storm, caps. don't weather theirs. make them weather yours.
I believe.
go caps!

Posted by: oo7 | April 26, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't really sound like much of a punishment is one coach is suspended, but they can pull others to run the bench. If they win, I agree with someone else --- Torts will look like a genius for sticking up for his players, even though he did it in the most classless of ways.

Posted by: sasha_206 | April 26, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This off point, but I just want to say that I hope we're done talking about what a great bunch of character guys they have in Philly. On Crosby's clinching empty-net goal, Jeff Carter made a terrible, lazy play to turn the puck over in the neutral zone and then stopped skating and watched as Crosby took the puck in. Timonen (who is an absolute stud) back checked hard and forced Crosby around the net, but Carter wasn't there to close off the other side, and Crosby scored.

Don't ever compare that guy to Alex Ovechkin.

Posted by: Kirg | April 26, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If the Rangers win they will say the incident rallied the team. If they lose they will say the incident hurt the team. Either way I am a little concerned that instead of getting the message across that his behavior was juvenile and intolerable, it will just be made into a big media frenzy (i.e. glorified).

As far as I am concerned it does not matter who threw what first or what was said that angered him. He is a grown man not a two year old. Sheesh, I think they teach you in pre-school not to throw things at others. Thankfully he did not hit a kid. I sure hope he is man enough and has enough character to at least apologize to the lady he hit.

Here's hoping the Caps score first, win, and push this to a game seven.

Posted by: Kim-3 | April 26, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps do not allow New York to score any more they will win this series. I know that might seem like a crazy statement to make, but the Rangers have only scored 3 goals in the last 4 games. This team can be beaten, and apparently held off the score sheet.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 26, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

BB is right. Those fans in NY are always so nice and kind and professional. I don't expect anything to happen at the Caps bench today and I'm sure the NHL and MSG aren't worried one bit either and there won't be any extra attention to that area of the rink.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Why did Torts want extra security / Because some fans were badmouthing his players? Did he expect security to clamp a hand over someone's mouth?

Posted by: rw-c | April 26, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the 2008-2009 Caps take revenge on Schoeny for all those miserable first round exits I suffered through as a child during his years here.


Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin having character? Oh please...maybe Ovechkin will show up for once in this series unlike Crosby and Malkin did against Philly.

Crosby and Malkin - more goals than "superstars" Ovechkin and Semin

Posted by: malkinshockeyskates | April 26, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Redbirdie - wasn't Schoeny great as a caps coach? Was there ever a more miserable trap to watch? Time and space. Time and space. Gotta love him for those sayings.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

i don't see any problems with fans razzing the others teams players or coaches when it comes to their style of play or how the coach is managing the game. i do not think that fans need to go as far as getting personal with their razzing - i think that is a bit classless. but even if/when they do - neither players or coaches should respond as torts did.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 26, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

pokerface, my dad wanted me to run down to the Rags bench and yell at Schoeny for "all that screaming the rest of us had to listen to while you were in high school!" I take my hockey very seriously, thankyouverymuch, and it occasionally (frequently...) manifested itself as screaming nasty things at the TV in the mid-1990s.

but Schoeny does get a "PASS" (barely) because of the doughnuts and Koharski and whatnot. I mean, really, hockey would be a blander sport without the chance to yell "Have another doughnut!" and we never would have been blessed with Officer Koharski in "Wayne's World"

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I talked to a person involved with security there in Washington. Aparently 4 people had already be tossed for throwing things in the bench and there was extra security in that section already. Not that what torts did was ok, but I bet I would snap finally as well.

Posted by: rangerfan44 | April 26, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh Gee, here comes all the Pitt homers. I'm sure Crosby's a much better player in the playoffs, that empty net goal he got was pretty tough especially since he missed the first shot at it. I will be truly blessed if Carolina can pull it out over NJ and we get to face these punks in the next round. I wanted to face them in the conf finals on our way to the Cup finals but lets just get this over now.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Okay, that's just stupid. AWWW, "someone said something mean about one of my players"... I'm gonna hurt that fan. Wow, grow up Tort! This is professional sports, opposing players get heckled all the time. Stop being so sensitive and just ignore it!! I thought Tort was a tough man!! I guess not.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

as has been stated, if the Caps don't at least come out strong and play a full 60 mins they will lose and deservedly so. I can stomach a loss if they play balls-out hockey and just get stoned by Lundquist.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey I give Malkin and Crosby credit, they came to play more than the Philly top guns. But claiming Ovie hasn't shown up yet with 2g, 4a through 5 games (the exact same stats as Crosby through 5 games btw) seems a little silly.

We still have work to do to survive our series so I guess you can expect a few idiots to stop by.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Still trying to understand the whole "Lundy has been unconscious" stuff. He's been very good in 2 games and had all the bounces go his team's way in those games. The other 3 games of the series he's allowed 3 goals, 4 goals, and 4 goals. Sounds a little more hit or miss to me than lights out.

That being said I expect him to have a much better game today, we have to figure out a way to break through. Early too, preferably.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

hey guys,

any idea where to go to watch this game online for free? I don't have tv where i'm at now. any help would be very much appreciated! Thanks!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: Hammertime44 | April 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

malkinshockeyskates -

You are doing 2 things wrong. 1st off, you make it sound as though scoring goals is the "only" element a player brings to the game. How about factoring in hits, drawing penalties and creating powerplays for your team, inspiration and support, etc... Crosby and Malkin may compare to Ovie in a few categories, but when added up, he stands above them. The 2nd thing you are doing wrong here is counting point totals as opposed to points per game. The Pens have one more game under their belts and therefore 60 minutes more time to work with. Let's see what happens after today's game. One last thing, I would take Ovies dynamic goals any day over Crosby's empty-netter!

Posted by: gonchpup | April 26, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

So a suspension just means he can't talk to the team from 2 hours before the game until it is over? Slap on the wrist.

Hopefully the Caps will ignore the continued Rags drama and just play their game. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: CapsChick | April 26, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Hammertime, try Its not working now, but it may closer to game time. Or or

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 26, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Redbirdie, I was with you. I've only been with this team since '77 so yeah I consider myself one that has paid his dues.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 26, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

tell me other than being a troll, what does the Pens series that is over have anything to do with Ovie and the Caps series that is not over?

Posted by: akus2 | April 26, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

only 10 more minutes of this mind numbing poker BS.........

I've never watched such an important game alone before. I really want someone here with em to either celebrate or mourn with me.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So nervous....

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

let me say, in playoff hockey, you will take any goal, any day. no matter if its an ENetter or a dynamic one. The result is the same, yes?

Posted by: akus2 | April 26, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

no live chat today?
Or is this the live/chat "game thread"

Posted by: akus2 | April 26, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse


Hello again sir, and yes...especially knowing we are playing Lundy. I'll take any goal, any dirty goal, I'll take it.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

akus2, I dunno. I'm guessing Tarik will have the line-ups posted in the next 20 minutes.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse


You've got to be kidding me. Sure, let's watch Crosby's empty-net goal over and over.....

Posted by: gonchpup | April 26, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

is there live chat today?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse


It's not his fault the goalie had been pulled. People complain that guys like Ovie, Malkin, and Crosby pad their stats with empty net goals or points...but when you NEED someone on ice with the puck possession ability and killer instinct to score that empty net goal and finish the game off, that's why those guys are on the ice.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

oh. my. GAWD. Ovie has dyed his hair again.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

McGuirre nooooooooooooooooo

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 26, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

there is a new post.

Posted by: akus2 | April 26, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Look...I was replying to this "malkinshockeyskates" who was singing the praises of his beloved Crosby and how much better he is than Ovie based on the #'s. I told him to wait until our 6th game is over and then compare. Also, my point was that in this series, Ovie has brought a complete game as well as points. No doubt Ovie has put in some empty-net goals as well. You have mistaken my reply to a Pens fan. Got to go... enjoy the game!

Posted by: gonchpup | April 26, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Altercation during warmups?? Anyone know what happened?

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 26, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Brash was talking it up with Orr and gave him a little shove.

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 26, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Let me preface this by saying I'm a Caps fan...probably longer than the people I am addressing. I wish the 'new Caps fans' would start showing some class. I'm getting tired of people throwing things on the ice and yelling profanities while they sit next to their kids. Of course Torts should have been disciplined, but I guarantee some 'fan' either threw something, or said something disrespectful to Torts. It's time to clean up Verizon Center, this isn't a Redskins game. It's up to all of us 'good' fans to get vocal to the 'fans' who disrupt the game. If you see someone throwing things, take their picture and report them to the nearest Verizon staff. When the guy with 2 beers in his hands at all times starts yelling obscenities at the other team, tell them to pipe down, and report them if they don't listen...and most importantly, have SOME kind of ability to control your shouldn't be allowing them to make faces and scream at the other some kind of responsibility. Frankly, I'm embarrassed to be a 'Caps fan' these days, as most other cities now think we are worse than Philly fans. It's up to ALL of us to get rid of the disrespectful and classless 'fans' that think 200 bucks entitles them to do whatever they want. We are the capital of the Nation, stop acting like 5 year olds! Verizon Center management needs to do more as well....anyone dumb enough to throw items needs to be banned from the arena for life.

Posted by: austonja | April 26, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

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