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Quotable: Torts Talks Classic Tainting

Jan 4, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella had some choice words for the refs following his team’s victory over the Flyers in the Winter Classic on Monday, noting that their calls were probably influenced by the executives at NBC likely wanting a wild finish.

Today, he apologized interestingly:

“I tainted the Winter Classic with my mouth,” Tortorella told reporters
following Wednesday’s Rangers practice in Greenburgh, N.Y.

UPDATE: Torts was fined for the initial words despite his apology: