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by Paul on 05/20/12 at 03:59 PM ET
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
On Saturday, Devils coach Peter DeBoer referred to the Rangers’ Brandon Prust as a “headhunter” after his blow to the back of the head of defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
On Sunday, Rangers coach John Tortorella responded to that comment by defending Prust and accusing the Devils of embellishing calls and setting illegal picks during their power plays.
“He’s probably one of the most honest players,” Tortorella said, before launching into a a big chunk of gamesmanship. “I look at (Dainius Zubrus’) elbow to (Anton) Stralman. I look at (Zach) Parise launching himself at (Michael) Del Zotto. Maybe if our players stay down on the ice, we’ll get something. We tell our players don’t stay down on the ice, get up.
“The picking on the power play. If we want to start discussing officials with the media, I’ve got a long list here. That’s a set play by Jersey—picking so we can’t get to (Ilya) Kovalchuk to block his shot. There’s some gamesmanship right there, huh?”
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