Following Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rangers head coach John Tortorella staunchly defended the type of person Artem Anisimov is, while also saying that the young Russian made a mistake in his overzealous goal celebration which sparked a melee between the two teams midway through the second period. "It was the wrong thing to do, but I guess I am in a protective mode for him because he deserves to be protected because I know who he is," explained Tortorella. "I don't blame Tampa at all for how they reacted, but I want to protect him. He's a solid, solid guy that made a mistake, that I still don't think he understands what he was doing there. He's a good kid, and it's a lesson learned pretty quickly." Tampa players, led by captain Vicnent Lecavalier, reacted to Anisimov's exuberant celebration after he scored a shorthanded goal off a gorgeous passing sequence with Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky at 13:23 of the second period. "I think anybody who knows Artie knows he didn't mean anything by it," added team captain Ryan Callahan. "The guys did a good job stepping in for him when Tampa came after him. I don't think anything really needs to be said. I think Artie knows (it was excessive). He knows what he did, but I know he didn;t mean anything by it." Share your thoughts below.
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