Rangers coach squirts water at fan

April 25, 2009 7:15:50 PM PDT
Rangers coach John Tortorella has been suspended by the NHL for one game because he squirted a fan with water and threw a water bottle into the stands, striking a spectator in Washington. Tortorella, who replaced the fired Tom Renney in February, will Game 6 on Sunday when New York hosts the Capitals with a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The NHL ruled Saturday night that Tortorella's actions Friday night during the third period of the Rangers' 4-0 loss that cut their series lead to 3-2 warranted a serious punishment.

"While it is a difficult decision to suspend a coach at this point in a playoff series, it has been made clear to all of our players, coaches and other bench personnel that the National Hockey League cannot - and will not - tolerate any physical contact with fans," league disciplinarian Colin Campbell said in a statement.

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