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Torts still angry with Dubinsky

3/2/2012

Apparently Brandon Dubinsky isn't out of the dog-house just yet.

Rangers coach John Tortorella benched Dubinsky for the second and third period of Thursday's 3-2 win over Carolina after the 25-year-old forward took a "dumb" penalty, but that hasn't quelled his anger.

Tortorella told reporters before Friday's game in Tampa that he'd scratch Dubinsky against the Lightning if the Rangers were not already decimated by injuries; captain Ryan Callahan (foot) and defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip) will both sit tonight.

"If other people were healthy tonight, he wouldn’t be playing tonight. As much as I like this kid and as much as I think he can do some good things for us, we need to start seeing it now," Tortorella said in a pre-game press conference. "Not that bull----, but play and try and help us.”

Dubinsky was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after whipping Jiri Tlusty's stick across the ice at the end of the first period, a costly penalty that led to the Canes' power-play goal less than a minute into the second frame.