Seeing your coach lose his composure on the bench in the form of grabbing a player's stick, holding it like a sword aimed at a fan and needing to be restrained from doing anything more, well, that's probably the exact definition of making yourself a distraction.
And if that wasn't bad enough, the Rangers responded by making sure everyone saw a letter they sent the league in response to Tortorella's more-than-justified one-game suspension.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with sending that letter, because the security situation needs to be addressed. But by sending it out through the media in lieu of any comment from Tortorella makes it appear as if they're telling the world: Hey, don't blame our coach for going bonkers in the middle of a big playoff game! Look at what he was dealing with here! Blame the fan! Blame the security guard!
The irony here is that in the middle of a playoff series, the last thing any team ever wants to do is talk about its plans for Game 7 when it's not guaranteed to be played. Yet the letter from Rangers president Glen Sather talked about putting extra security in place for that potential Game 7.
But, really, if the Rangers worried so much about going back to Washington, they could have avoided it by winning Game 6.
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