Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was fined $20,000 by the NHL for his postgame rant against officials and the league following Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks. The NHL also announced Tortorella was assessed a conditional fine of $25,000 if he has another tirade between now and Dec. 29, 2020.
Tortorella's outburst stemmed from officials not adding 1.1 seconds back on the clock in overtime after the Blue Jackets were awarded a 4-on-3 power play. Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski scored less than half a second after the overtime horn sounded. The game went to a shootout, where Blue Jackets starting goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was injured and will miss four-to-six weeks with a torn meniscus.
"The whistle is blown at 19.2 on the clock," Tortorella said on Sunday. "For some reason the clock is run down a second and a tenth to 18.1. Whatever reason, I have no [expletive] idea. So instead of resetting the clock, we have them tell our captain we're not going to do it. Toronto doesn't step in, refs don't do their freaking job and now we lose a game and we lose our goalie. So, the chain of events, if it was done right, we don't lose our goalie and we win the hockey game. So, all this [expletive] technology, right? The technology and getting things right ... the stubbornness tonight, by the officials, and by the league and by Toronto, however it's supposed to [expletive] work, screws us. It's ridiculous. I'm not taking any [expletive] questions."
Tortorella issued an apology for his behavior on Monday:
“I’m not answering questions about last night. At least as far as how I handled myself after the game. I ask my team to be disciplined, and I think it’s quite honestly a big part of our loss last night, was the lack of discipline with our team. I think the coach followed through with lack of discipline after the game with you guys. ... That is a total lack of discipline on my part.”
Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations, said in a statement the clock situation was a judgement call by the referee, which is why Toronto did not get involved.
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