Welcome back angry, swearing Tortorella after questionable OT call (Video)

Stop us if you’ve heard this before – John Tortorella is mad.

His Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in overtime. The game winning goal by Alex Galchenyuk came on the power play.

As the Jackets left the ice, the new, zen-like Torts evaporated into the seething rage monster we’ve become accustomed to over the years.

He started to walk off the ice to get to the locker room, as you have to do in Montreal, and veered off when seeing the officials. Torts immediately laid into him with colorful adjectives regarding the penalty.

NSFW lip reading below:


Fun fact! Tort’s favorite emoji pairing:

He was pulled back by his assistant and players before he got himself into anymore trouble. Tortorella was not given a penalty for abuse of an official at the time. Who knows if the NHL will slap him with a fine for his outburst.

The good news is that he did not storm off to the Canadiens locker room and try to fight Claude Julien or Markov a la his attempted hallway brawl in Calgary (#neverforget).

Let’s look at the penalty itself because he has a valid point of contention. Seth Jones is whistled for holding Andrei Markov.

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Yeaaaah. That’s marginal at best. It could factor in to if the NHL decides to go easy on Torts in the aftermath. But then again this is the No Hockey Logic league.

The point gained by Columbus ties them with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 84 points in the standings; Pittsburgh lost tonight to the Dallas Stars. The Blue Jackets own the tie breaker right now with 37 ROW to the Penguins 36.

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Young fan climbs into hoop to rescue a stuck basketball in Boise-Fresno State game

“MVP” chants erupted from the crowd 15 minutes into Boise State’s home game against Fresno State on Tuesday night. But the chant wasn’t for any of the players; it was for a little boy.

With four minutes left in the first half, the basketball was deflected off of Boise player Justinian Jessup and got caught up behind the basket. Despite efforts from some of the taller players holding mops, no one was able to poke the ball loose.

When nothing worked, a player decided to grab a young fan that was sitting courtside and hoist him up so he could climb up behind the basket and grab the stuck ball.

The boy was high-fived and was considered a hero, at least for the night.


Capitals land Kevin Shattenkirk in trade with Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 1: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues shoots the puck during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Practice Day at Busch Stadium on January 1, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have made a big splash less than 48 hours before the NHL’s trade deadline in acquiring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and goaltender Pheonix Copley from the St. Louis Blues for a package that includes Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first-round pick, a 2019 conditional second-round pick.

St. Louis also retains 39-percent of Shattenkirk’s remaining salary this season.

“We are excited to welcome Kevin to our organization,” said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan in a statement. “We felt it was important to acquire another defenseman to strengthen and add depth to our blueline. Kevin is a skilled, puck moving defenseman who we think will help our team at even strength and on the power play.”

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the dollars and term he’d pull in from an extension would be too much for Blues general manager Doug Armstrong to fit under their cap going forward. There was a sign-and-trade in place last week, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but the blue liner shot down a seven-year, $42 million contract.

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Rutherford also reported that Shattenkirk, who was acquired in Feb. 2011 in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, previously used his no-trade clause to nix a deal to the Edmonton Oilers last summer that would have brought Taylor Hall to St. Louis.

Last week, MacLellan said about the trade deadline, “We’re not going to mess with lines or defense pairs. If we could upgrade on the fringes, we might do it.” This is a little bit more than an upgrade to the “fringes.” This is legit bringing in an offensive-minded defenseman to add to their group. Shattenkirk has reached double digits in goals in three of the last four seasons and at least 40 points in six of the last six seasons.

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Washington already owns a top-five power play (21.8 percent) and now they add Shattenkirk, who’s been a big factor for the Blues with the man advantage having scored seven times and compiled 20 points.

It was reported earlier Monday night by several sources that the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins had entered into the Shattenkirk sweepstakes along with the New York Rangers. If that’s true, and Jim Rutherford was serious in his inquiry for his depleted defense, then MacLellan just kept a big asset away from a division rival and potential playoff opponent.

Shattenkirk, who is long-rumored to want to end up with the Rangers, is expected to make his Capitals debut Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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NHL Three Stars: Kucherov's power play trick; Granlund OT hero for Wild

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 27: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal and hat trick against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Amalie Arena on February 27, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images)

No. 1 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov fired home a second period hat trick as the Lightning routed the Ottawa Senators 5-1. All three goals came on the power play.

No. 2 Star: Alex Radulov, Montreal Canadiens

The Russian forward had a big night in a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils. Radulov scored his 15th of the season and assisted on Montreal’s three other goals. Two of those goals came off the stick of Max Pacioretty, who reached the 30-goal mark for the fourth straight season. The fourth and final one came via Alex Galchenyuk, who ended the night in the extra period.

No. 3 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild

Granlund didn’t waste any time in helping the Wild to a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles. Just 12 seconds into overtime, he burst through the Kings’ defense to put home the winner in his 300th NHL game.

Honorable Mention: Montreal won consecutive games for the first time since the opening week of January … Ryan White had a goal and an assist in his debut with the Wild … Minnesota has now won nine games in a row following a loss … Jonathan Drouin had three assists … Andrei Vasilevskiy made 39 stops in his first start since Ben Bishop was dealt:

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Dishonorable Mention: New Jersey has dropped four in a row and two straight in overtime … Mike Condon was in net for all five Tampa goals.

Rickie Fowler wins Honda Classic for fourth PGA Tour title

Rickie Fowler is a winner again on the PGA Tour. (Getty Images)

It wasn’t particularly pretty on Sunday, but Rickie Fowler picked up his fourth PGA Tour win at The Honda Classic.

For the first time in four tries in his PGA Tour career, Fowler converted a 54-hole lead, maintaining the four-shot edge he had to start the final round at PGA National’s Champion Course. In the end, Fowler bogeyed the final hole to shoot 1-over 71 at cap off the win at 12-under 268.

The final round didn’t get off to a great start for Fowler, who, after a birdie on the par-5 third then dropped a shot at the following hole. Two holes later, Fowler’s tee shot found the water hazard left and led to a double bogey. However, Fowler steadied the ship, managing to not drop another shot on the front side. A par at the 10th hole kept his edge at two.

Back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes were the sealing circles on the card, scored with a 39-foot putt followed by a 24-footer.

Fowler came to the Bear Trap — holes 15, 16 and 17 at the Champion Course — needing to simply avoid disaster to win. He got through 15 and 16 in 1 under with an impressive birdie on the 16th hole. However, Fowler tried to cut his tee shot into the 17th into the green, toward the water. His ball started too far right and sailed too far right, finding the water hazard. Rather than bothering to even scope out if his ball was playable from the water, Fowler moved forward to the drop zone and put his third shot to 6 feet before converting the bogey putt.

From there, Fowler simply had to finish dry. He did that, albeit with a bogey, ending a winless drought that went back to the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

The victor credited his work over the first three rounds and his putter for getting him through a tough round in windy conditions.

“To be in the position I was after 54 holes here, give myself that cushion, allowed for a tough day today,” he said. “With the wind, there weren’t a whole lot of low scores. I think there were some early on. Some guys made some good moves. But other than that, like I said, I gave myself enough cushion where I could kind of get away a bad nine, which I started with, and then lucky enough, the putter saved me at times and gave me that cushion I needed on 12 and 13, and made a great swing into 16.”

The win, the cap to a great start, albeit on a limited schedule, to his season, puts Fowler in stout company that has won on the PGA Tour in 2017. Fowler humbly remains convinced he hasn’t earned the right to be mentioned in the same company as the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. Add in Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama, and that’s the lead crop of the next decade on the PGA Tour.

“I want to continue to play well and I want to be, whether I’m talked about with those guys or not, I just want to play the best that I can and keep pushing myself,” he said, “and ultimately just keep trying to put myself in position to win and start collecting more of these.”

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