Conspiracy Theory May Cost Torts
Gross, Andrew, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
John Tortorella's bizarre, yet presumed tongue-in-cheek, conspiracy theory about collusion between the NHL and broadcast partner NBC during Monday's Winter Classic is expected to earn the Rangers coach a chat with league Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell today.
The NHL will likely discipline Tortorella in the wake of the Rangers' 3-2 outdoor win over the Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. Tortorella, reflecting the emotions of the Rangers' organization as a whole, was upset with the late-game officiating, particularly when the Flyers' Daniel Briere was awarded an ultimately unsuccessful penalty shot against Henrik Lundqvist with 19.6 seconds left in regulation.
Tortorella termed the officiating by Ian Walsh, a native of Philadelphia, and Dennis LaRue "disgusting," then wondered whether the NHL and NBC wanted to extend the game.
"Maybe they wanted to get into overtime," the emotional Tortorella said immediately after the game. "I'm not sure if they had meetings about that or what."
Understandably, NHL officials were said to be unhappy the league's integrity was called into question. A fine in the $10,000 range may be forthcoming. The Rangers had an off-day Tuesday and Campbell is busy investigating an alleged racial slur used by the Panthers' Krys Barch against the Canadiens' P. …