As kind of the Rangers fan in-residence here, I feel obligated to address the circumstances of last night's game. In particular, I'm talking about the "fight" between Daniel Carcillo and Marian Gaborik, viewable here.
It has been a hot topic of debate, and anyone who had questions about how Torts felt about it had few doubts after the press conference. It's not the first time Tortorella has had some "fun" with the press; no offense to Larry Brooks, but I think Torts was part-right about the whole getting "beat up at the bus stop" part.
As for the fight itself, I'm not going to get worked up about Carcillo's comment that he was "licking his chops" when he suspected Gaborik wanted to fight him. I don't suspect pre-meditation. But there is another point that bugs me, and that is the notion that Gaborik dropped his gloves first, something that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette suggested. Taking a closer look, there's something fishy about that hypothesis: first of all, when you're willing to drop the gloves and challenge someone, they come off together. Gaborik's do not. Why don't they come off together?
Because Carcillo pulled off Gaborik's first glove.
The idea that Gaborik threw down and paid the price is not how this scenario played out. In the light shoving match between them, Carcillo could have just locked-up arms with Gaborik and they would have watched as the others tussled. Instead, Gaborik loses his glove to Carcillo, and Carcillo used that to justify the rest of the fight.
The Puck Daddy article (linked above) makes a big deal about why no other Rangers stepped in at the time, and that's just as disturbing to me. But everything moved so fast and far away from the other players that there would have been little opportunity to step in before Carcillo dispatched Gaborik.
Thankfully, it doesn't appear that Gaborik was hurt. And I'd be more upset about the incident if Avery (who wasn't on the ice during the Gaborik fight) hadn't stepped in and had a good donnybrook with Carcillo later. But the people who are contending that Gaborik brought it on himself need to check the tape.
And let's not be surprised to see some fireworks at the next Rangers-Flyers game. I've heard Torts already has a sixer of Powerade set aside for the rematch.