Two years ago when the Capitals faced the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs, New York coach John Tortorella was involved in an incident with a fan and a water bottle in Game 5.
Here’s an excerpt from a 2009 story detailing it:
In the third period of the Caps’ 4-0 victory Friday, Tortorella squirted a fan with water, then threw a water bottle into the stands that struck a fan. …
In the incident, which occurred with 15:27 remaining, Tortorella used a stick to point out several fans. At least one fan was escorted from the section. The league investigated the incident and needed nearly 24 hours to reach a decision, which was made by commissioner Gary Bettman.
Tortorella was suspended for Game 6 at Madison Square Garden, which the Caps won. On Wednesday, when asked about the incident, he told reporters at Verizon Center: “I’m not going back there. I’m so focused on just today. We’re going to worry about that. I knew somewhere along the way that question was going to come up, so we’ll just put an end to it. I’m not going to – there’s no sense of it.”
Fans may have a surprise for Tortorella, as some have planned what’s called “Operation Poncho 2.0.” It involves fans around the Rangers bench area wearing ponchos and possibly even carrying umbrellas.
It’s not likely to faze a focused Tortorella but could generate some laughs around the arena at least.