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Tortorella's intensity drives Bolts

Updated: June 2, 2004, 4:16 AM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

CALGARY, Alberta -- If perception were indeed reality, John Tortorella would be regarded as well-groomed, well-dressed, sharply focused and tyrannical.

"He's intense" is the most common phrase used to describe the Tampa Bay Lightning coach. "He gets in your face" is another. "He's pretty demanding" is a third.

The reputation is not totally undeserved. Tortorella has been known to scream behind closed doors. He's been known to challenge anyone who doesn't get with his program. He's ...

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