Tortorella rips officials, NHL in rant, storms out of press conference

John Tortorella didn't hold back in his postgame press conference after the Blue Jackets' 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday night.

The Blue Jackets led 2-0 after the first two periods, and the Blackhawks tied the game with two goals in the third period. There was a stoppage in the final minute of regulation when the Blackhawks were caught with too many men, with the official blowing the whistle with 19.2 remaining on the clock. An extra second and a tenth was allowed to tick off the clock before it stopped, however.

The Blue Jackets appeared to score in the final moments of regulation, but it was ruled after a review that the puck crossed the goal line just after the clock hit zero. The Blue Jackets could have benefitted from the extra 1.1 seconds that disappeared from the clock.

After a scoreless overtime period, the game went into a shootout. Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was injured on the first attempt he faced in the shootout, and Elvis Merzlikins came in cold to finish, and lost the game, allowing a goal to Patrick Kane on the only attempt he faced.

Tortorella opened his postgame press conference with his thoughts on the series of events, and walked out without taking any further questions.

"So, the whistle is blown at 19.2 on the clock," he said. "For some reason, the clock is run down a second and tenth to 18.1. For whatever reason, I have no goddamn idea. Instead of resetting the clock, we have (the officials) tell our captain, 'We're not going to do it.' Toronto doesn't step in, refs don't do their freaking job.

"Now, we lose the game, and we lose our goalie," Tortorella continued, banging his hand on his podium for emphasis. "So, the chain of events, if it was done right, we don't lose our goalie and we win the hockey game. All of this goddamn technology, right? The technology, and getting things right, the stubbornness tonight by the officials and the league and Toronto, however it's supposed to goddamn work, screws us! It's ridiculous. I'm not taking any goddamn questions."

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