Coach Tortorella Suspended One Game for Actions in Game Five

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IApril 25, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 15:  Head Coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers discuses strategy during a stoppage of play against the Washington Capitals during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

John Tortorella has now been suspended for one game by the National Hockey League, according to their website NHL.com.

He will now miss a very pivotal game on Sunday, April 25, at MSG, which could make or break the series for the New York Rangers. He was suspended for his actions after a fan allegedly threw a beer on him. He retaliated by squirting and then throwing a water bottle at a fan.

Colin Campbell, NHL director of Hockey Operations, had this to say: "We do not take this action lightly. It is the result of an entire day of investigation and evaluation that included the retrieval and review of videotape of the incident and discussions with Mr. Tortorella, other Rangers' bench personnel, and a number of other people, including the security personnel at the Verizon Center."

This is a horrible decision by the NHL, and although he may have retaliated, obviously an intoxicated fan is not going to end his/her charades just because they are asked to. This is just the National Hockey League doing their best to get the series to the magic number seven games.