Another game, another strong showing with a third-period lead—and another loss. The 2-1 loss to the Panthers tonight led to full-bodied chants of “Fire Sather!”
Jane here. Tortorella said they immediately reviewed Brandon Dubinsky’s non-goal 17 seconds in, and Toronto had the final word so there was no review for him to request. It’s late and I’m going to add some quotes from the principles in this drama. Here is Henrik Lundqvist, I think you can hear how perplexed he is by the losses.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game…“I think we did some really good things. Our pressure was outstanding. I don’t think we were fatigued. Maybe for a few minutes, but I think we controlled the game. I think our weakest moment was our 5 on 3. Other than that, I think we played a hell of a game.”
John Tortorella on the powerplay…“You can’t hate your guys because they’re struggling. Its easy to love them when its going well and then hate them when its going bad. Our best players are going to have to be our best players. And they will. They are going to have every opportunity to get us out of this scoring funk. I think Zherdev has a tremendous amount of talent. On the next 5 on 3, he’ll be back on the ice. They did a lot of good things tonight. We’re just struggling to score and that’s compounded when they score a couple of quick ones on us towards the end of the game when we controlled most of the game for the 60 minutes. As a coach I have to realize how our team is playing and act accordingly.”
Brandon Dubinsky on whether the team is frustrated…“Yes with the fact that we generate so much again and aren’t able to find the net. And no because the way we attacked, the way we pressured, the way our D stepped up and played, the way we move the puck. I thought we did a lot of good things. It is one of those things that you just have to keep at it, keep listening to Torts and it is going to come. We are going to bear down and get it done.”
Henrik Lundqvist with more on the team’s play…“I think, as a team, we have to be perfect now. When you are not scoring, you have to be perfect. It is not only for me but for the whole team. We feel like every mistake can cost us the game, which it has. We have been playing pretty well defensively and offensively we create enough to score at least three or four goals. Today we had a couple of open nets. The puck doesn’t want to go in. I hope it just turns around for us.”