WASHINGTON (AP) -The Washington Capitals have plugged the gaps in the glass, hoping to avoid a repeat of the nasty exchange with fans that led to New York Rangers coach John Tortorella's suspension.
Before Tuesday night's Game 7, the Capitals filled the 1-inch spaces between the panes of glass behind the visitors' bench with seven I-shaped, Plexiglas stanchions. The Capitals said they were also considering adding extra security personnel.
The last time the teams met in Washington, Tortorella squirted water at fans and tossed a water bottle into the crowd during the third period of the Capitals' 4-0 Game 5 victory. The NHL suspended him for Game 6.
We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.
— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff