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Dreger: Tortorella crushed, incensed by suspension

Darren Dreger
4/25/2009 11:24:07 PM
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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.

Now, that's not excusing John Tortorella for getting involved with a fan. The bottom line according to the National Hockey League is pretty simple: you cannot throw things into the stands.

There's also an issue in Washington with the glass - it's "split" glass, not seamless glass. So if you push on it, there's a gap, and perhaps the fans can get a little closer than the coaches and the team would like. While they are not going to make any changes with the glass, I am told there will be additional security on hand for Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7.

Jim Schoenfeld will coach Game 6 for the Rangers. The Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford has been eliminated from the playoffs, so Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander and assistant J.J. Daigneault will likely be on the bench to help Schoenfeld.

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