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" In 2009, Tortorella got into an altercation with a Capitals fan during Game 5 of their Conference Quarterfinals series, squirting spectators behind the bench with a water bottle and throwing it into the stands, striking a female fan. He also took a stick from one of his players before he was calmed down by one of his assistant coaches.
" After Game 5 of the 2007 Conference Quarterfinals, Tortorella -- then the coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning -- got into an argument during a post-game news conference again with Brooks. The conference was being broadcast live on CBC and when Brooks didn’t like the way Tortorella was answering the questions, Tortorella told him to “get the (expletive) out of here.”
" The previous year, the Lightning did not get great goaltending during their Conference Quarterfinals series against the Ottawa Senators. John Grahame allowed five goals on 20 shots in a Game 3 loss and then surrendered four goals on 17 shots in the Game 4 loss. After the game, Tortorella said of his goalie, “We’re sick of the 25-percent rule. We need to make an occasional save.”
" During Game 2 the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals against the Flyers, he accused then Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock of yelling at one of Tortorella’s Lightning players. Tortorella believed that Hitchcock should stay out of talking about the other team’s players saying, "The last time I looked, he's wearing a suit back there, the same type of suit that I'm wearing. He's not in the battle. ... You have two quality teams here. He should shut his yap. ... When it comes to a coach (and) an opposing player, it's disrespectful and it's wrong. It's gutless. That's got to stop. Park your ego and shove it in your pocket. It's about the two teams."