Rangers Coach John Tortorella Rips Penguins, Calls Them 'Arrogant,' 'Whining'

Friday April 6th, 2012

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella viciously ripped the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight after his team lost to the Pens, 5-2, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Responding to a question about the knee-on-knee hit that Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik laid on the Rangers' Derek Stepan in the third period, Tortorella responded by calling the Penguins a dirty team, according to Sean Gentille of the Sporting News.

"It's a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there," Tortorella said, referring to centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. "It's one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens.

"They'll whine about something else over there, won't they, starting with their two [expletive] stars."

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.