Welcome to New York Sean, Nik and Derek.
Each of them had a hand in that impressive 4-3 win over the top team in the NHL, the Boston Bruins. But no one was getting cocky about the win. That doesn’t fall into the “right kind of arrogance” attitude being cultivated by new coach John Tortorella.
“It felt good,” said Sean Avery, who set up a goal for Ryan Callahan. “Obviously the two points is real good. On a personal note, it felt good to be at home playing for the fans. Just being here and everything that goes with playing at the Garden.”
Tortorella said he didn’t see the interference call on Avery that turned the last 1:22 into a Boston power play, but he said he liked Avery’s game.
“I think Sean has been pretty effective,” Tortorella said. “This is my first time coaching him, I think he’s an outstanding skater, the power that he has. And he’s really concentrating on trying to stay within himself. That’s so important for Sean Avery. He has a lot of things buzzing around him. From (the media), other teams and everyone in the National Hockey League. Sean needs to battle and keep his concentration. As I said, he can be a big part of this club if he stays that way.”
Antropov had the first goal of the game, and sent Scott Gomez a pass for the second to break a 1-1 tie in the second period. Derek Morris also had an assist on the Gomez goal.
Tortorella recognized the Rangers let down to start the third. Dan Girardi drew blood on a high sticking call with 2.8 seconds to go in the second, and Boston scored twice in the first four minutes of the third to tie it up, 3-3.
I can get used to quotes like these.
“We kind of wet our pants a little bit there and had that look,” Tortorella said.
Marc Staal had a breakaway and his shot ricocheted off the backwall and onto Nikolai Zherdev’s stick for the winning goal.
“It was a good bounce,” Staal said with a wry smile.
After the win, the Rangers got a pizza in the locker room, met some fans and then ran to catch the bus. With a game tomorrow night at Carolina, there is little time to enjoy this one.
Power play scoring, check. Contributions from the additions, check. Checking, check.
The Tortorella era is officially on.