NHL fines Tortorella $25,000 for conduct in media session

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NHL has fined Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella $25,000 for his conduct during a media session after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.

Following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 victory over the Blue Jackets, Tortorella ended his video news conference after two questions and walked away.

In handing down the fine, the NHL was collecting on a “conditional” fine issued in January after Tortorella criticized officials and the league for what he perceived as a time-keeping error in a Dec. 29 loss to Chicago.

He was required to go the rest of the year without any conduct offenses to avoid the fine.

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