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After the incident, Tortorella had to wipe the liquid off his suit jacket with a towel. The game was delayed a few minutes as security personnel entered the area behind the bench.

“When I looked over, Torts was turned and facing the crowd and might’ve got sprayed or something from a fan,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “But I’m not completely sure; I haven’t really talked to anybody about it yet.”

Odds and ends

Caps captain Chris Clark was on the ice for pregame warmups but was a healthy scratch for the fifth time this series. Michael Nylander was out of the lineup for the third straight game. …

With Sean Avery out of the lineup, Aaron Voros played for the second time in the series. He and Colton Orr earned 10-minute misconduct penalties with 5:46 left.