Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Will NHL fine Tortorella for comments on officiating?
We may know today.
In his post-game comments following the Rangers 3-2 win in the Winter Classic, the Rangers coach ripped the officials.
"I'm not sure if NBC got together with the refs or what to turn this into an overtime game," Torts said. "Starting with the non-call, Gabby's walking in and he gets pitch-forked in the stomach and then everything starts going against us.
"They're two good referees, but I thought that game was reffed horribly. I'm not sure what happened there. Maybe they wanted to get it to an overtime. I'm not sure if they have meetings about that or what. But we stood in there, we stood in there. And again, I don't wanna, cause they're good guys. In that third period, it was disgusting."
As I reported yesterday, Rangers president and GM Glen Sather also said he was unhappy with the way the game ended. "There were three or four calls that were enough to blow your mind," he said outside the locker room, referring to not only a unsportsmanlike conduct for diving---later changed to holding the stick---call on Ryan Callahan as he charged down the right side toward an empty net. The more egregious one was the questionable penalty shot awarded after Ryan McDonagh dove to stop the puck on a scramble in the crease with 19.6 seconds left in regulation.
It's doubtful that NBC wanted OT. They hoped to be off the air by 6 p.m. ET because their affiliates wanted to begin their local newscasts.