WASHINGTON - Rangers coach John Tortorella threw a plastic drinking bottle over the glass and into the stands during a confrontation with a fan in the third period of New York's 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Tortorella and a man standing near New York's bench yelled at each other with about 13 1/2 minutes left in the game. After Tortorella heaved the bottle, he grabbed a hockey stick and held it high, waving it in the fan's direction.
A TV replay of the episode did not show whether anything was thrown at Tortorella, but he did use a towel to wipe off his suit.
During his post-game news conference, the coach was asked what happened between him and the spectator.
"Ask me a question about the game. That has nothing to do with today," Tortorella replied.
Asked whether he threw a bottle, Tortorella said: "Ask me a question about the game, please."
At that point, a Rangers employee said the news conference would end if there was another question on that topic.
Rangers players wouldn't discuss their fiery coach's faceoff with the fan in detail.
"When I looked over, Torts was turned and facing the crowd," Marc Staal said. "He might have gotten squirted or something. I'm not really sure."