Tortorella made expensive forward Brad Richards a healthy scratch in an eventual Game 4 win, but — in his own profane way — Torts insisted that he and Richards are still close and if you don't believe him well ...
“I love that guy,” Tortorella said. “I’ve grown up with that guy. Kiss my [expletive deleted] if you’ve written anything differently.”
It’s not the first time the Blueshirts' blue-mouthed coach's comments have needed a five-second delay and, with the second-round series extended for at least one more game, it might not be the last.
Tortorella didn’t elaborate on the chances that Richards would be back for Game 5 but did admit he's happy they survived Thursday's OT victory.
“I’m happy for them,” Tortorella said. “They’re still breathing.”