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Tortorella: Thornton's comments uncalled for

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 12:36 AM / NHL Insider

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Tortorella: Thornton's comments uncalled for
John Tortorella  was none too pleased with comments from San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.
After having several hours to digest what transpired Monday night, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is none too pleased with San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.

Moments after the Rangers ended the Sharks' five-game winning streak -- all on the road -- with a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden, Thornton labeled the Blueshirts as, "probably the softest team we played on the trip. We should have had these two points."

When informed of Thornton's comments after the game, Tortorella was brief.

"Joe said that? Wonderful," was the Rangers coach's response.

But on Tuesday, Tortorella elaborated on what he thought of Thornton's comments.

"It surprised me, and I've never heard a player say that," Tortorella told reporters after practice. "Joe's a heck of a player, but here's a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn't won a (darn) thing in this League. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our League never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I've never had it happen like that before."

Thornton, 32, has 1,010 points (309 goals, 701 assists) in 1,005 NHL games. He is 18-64-82 in 109 Stanley Cup Playoff games, but has never participated in a Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks have reached the Western Conference Finals the past two years but have gone 1-8 in those series losses to Chicago and Vancouver, respectively.
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