According to "Torts," as Tortorella is known in Tampa, Hitchcock was mouthing off to the Lightning players during the games in Tampa - and it wasn't the first time.
"We knew going into the series that Bobby Clarke, their general manager, was going to be working as hard as he could behind the scenes, whining about this, that and the other thing as far as what's going on in the series," Tortorella said. "We know Hitch is going to be talking about anything that is on his mind. We accept that.
"But when a coach starts bringing that dialogue onto the ice, behind the bench, more or less within earshot of the opposing team's players, it's wrong. The last time I looked, he's wearing a suit back there, the same type of suit I'm wearing. He's not in the battle. He should shut his yap. It's not about him. It's about two quality teams."
Clarke was not happy that he got dragged into something that is happening on the ice.
"I don't know what he is talking about," Clarke said. "It sounds like a pathetic little man looking to get some publicity for himself. I don't care. The game is played on the ice. Maybe the real John Tortorella is coming out. I never met the guy. I'm sitting in the press box."
Because of television coverage, the Flyers' entourage lost its box in Tampa and is sitting with the media.
Tortorella also said that when the two teams played during the regular season, Hitchcock was barking at the Lightning players from the bench.
When it comes to a coach and an opposing player, it's disrespectful and wrong for the coach to yell, Tortorella said.
"It's gutless," he continued. "That's got to stop. Park your ego, shove it in your pocket. It's about the two teams. He's not in the battle. Shut your yap."
Hitchcock was caught by surprise yesterday when told about Tortorella's outburst.
"John just needs to mind his own business," Hitchcock said. "Next [question]."
That's it, nothing more?
"Tell him to mind his own business," Hitchcock repeated. "I always yap."
His "yapping" apparently hasn't bothered Dave Andreychuk.
"For me, personally, I don't know what was said, to any of our players," the Lightning captain said. "None of my players have come up to me and said that he had said anything.
"John's an emotional guy. He's protecting his team. He's like that all year. We in the [dressing] room understand that. The bottom line is what happens on the ice."
Later in the afternoon, Hitchcock read Tortorella's comments in their entirety and had this reply to a few reporters still working at the team's training facility:
"It was my thought John was not commenting on anything about the opposition," Hitchcock said about Tortorella, who had said earlier he would not be commenting about the Flyers in this series, just about his own team.
"That is what he said to the press. Now, is that OK when you win the first game and lose the second game? Now he is commenting about Bobby Clarke and Ken Hitchcock. Just like I said before . . . he needs to mind his own business."
Flyers orange. This is something the Denver Broncos probably did during their heyday. In conjunction with the Flyers' "Quest for the Cup," the Fairmount Park Commission is turning the water at the JFK Plaza fountain Flyers orange today. That's better than Eagles green, which might look like algae.
Staff writer Shannon Ryan contributed to this article.
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