Tortorella: Pens 'arrogant,' Orpik hit 'dirty'
April, 5, 2012
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
The Penguins aren't making many friends these days.
Ripped by both announcer Mike Milbury and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette in the past week, the Penguins were the target of Rangers coach John Tortorella on Thursday night.
Tortorella called the Penguins an "arrogant" organization following his team's 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh, which featured a controversial hit by Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik on Rangers' second-year center Derek Stepan late in the third. Orpik was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.
"It's a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there," Tortorella told reporters, making a reference to Penguins' players Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
No update on Stepan was immediately available. The 21-year-old forward remained on the bench after the hit but did not play for the rest of the third period.
Tortorella was seething and directed his anger toward the Penguins organization, not just Orpik.
"It's one of the most arrogant organizations in the league," Tortorella said. "They whine about this stuff all the time and look what happens."