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Embarrassed Rangers coach Tortorella regrets throwing water

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - New York Rangers coach John Tortorella says he embarrassed the organization by throwing a water bottle into the crowd during a playoff game in Washington.

In his season-ending sitdown with reporters, Tortorella showed contrition for his actions that earned him a suspension for Game 6 of New York's seven-game loss to the Capitals.

"It's a bad mistake by me," Tortorella said. "I regret it. I put the New York Rangers organization in an embarrassing situation. I'm embarrassed by it. I am an intense person, which is a positive, but it also turns into a negative sometimes."

At 6:33 of the third period of Friday's 4-0 loss in Game 5, Tortorella got into a verbal confrontation with a fan behind the bench.

A video replay showed the coach heaving a water bottle into the crowd. Tortorella then grabbed forward Aaron Voros' stick and held it high, waving it in the fan's direction.

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