Tortorella Suspended for Game Six

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 24:   Head Coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers battles with some of the fans of the Washington Capitals during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 24, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Sean Avery was scratched for game five after his excess penalties in games three and four of the series with the Washington Capitals, and the suspensions do not end there for the New York Rangers.

Rangers coach John Tortorella will sit out game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals after being suspended by the NHL for his altercation with a Capitals fan during their 4-0 defeat Friday at Verizon Center.

Tortorella was shown on video throwing a green water bottle in the crowd and the league said a punishment needs to be given to the coach. Tortorella was doused by a drink from the stands, but video evidence shows the coach squirted a fan first to begin the altercation.

He will not be on the bench for game six at Madison Square Garden tomorrow at 2 p.m. The Rangers hold a 3-2 advantage in the series, with the Capitals needing a win to bring the series back to D.C. for game seven.

Game six will be broadcast on NBC tomorrow afternoon.



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