Torts and Larry
Pretty entertaining exchange between Lightning coach John Tortorella and New York Post reporter Larry Brooks after Game 5. The interview took a bit of a profane turn after Brooks asked the coach about an animated exchange he had during the third period with Devils assistant John MacLean.
Tortorella came out for his postgame meeting with reporters and answered the first three questions with the comment, "We know what we did.'' After which Brooks said, "What did you do?''
Tortorella: Next question.
Brooks: What did you do? I mean, you know what you did. What do you think you did?
Tortorella: Brooksie, if I wanted to explain it to you I would. Next question.
Another reporter: What did you think of Brodeur's play tonight?
Tortorella: I don't coach Brodeur. I coach this hockey team in Tampa.
After actually answering a question about Ruslan Fedotenko, Tortorella was asked, "What's the mood amongst the guys in the locker room?
Brooks: What was your exchange with John MacLean?
Tortorella: Johnny MacLean? You should ask him.
Brooks: Are you not answering questions, or what?
Tortorella: I guess that's what I'm saying, Brooksie. You get that through your head?
Brooks: I guess so.
Brooks then said something about the interview being a waste of time.
Tortorella: Then get the (bleep) out of here then.
Brooks: I am.
Tortorella: Okay, see ya.
Brooks: (Bleep) off.
The great part of that exchange was when the two, who know each other quite well from Tortorella's days with the Rangers, met later in a hallway near the locker rooms, both laughed about it and tapped each other on the back.