Somebody wanted me to show some, uh, guts and ask John Tortorella about the power play. Well, I was about to do that, but I was beaten to the question.
“It wasn’t good,” the coach said. “But I’m not going to run it down with you. We’ve got to work at it. That’s my responsibility. My responsibility is to try to help them. You guys are going to run it down. I’m going to try to help them get it better. Some coaching needs to come into this, too. So I need to take some responsibility there.”
He admitted that the Rangers played Minnesota’s game to a degree, and had to grind it out.
“You don’t realize how difficult that game is to play, and to grind,” he said. “They don’t give you much. I think the chances were, like, 8-8. Awful to watch. I thought it was an awful game to watch. But we found a way to win.”
I asked Henrik Lundqvist about the swings when it’s this late in the season and every win feels like a win streak and every loss a losing streak.
“It’s like in the playoffs, You can’t let it stay in your head for too long because the schedule is pretty busy, too. So you move on — fast. You try to learn from every game and move on. I think we learned a little from teh game the other night. We played alright, but we hav eto be a little more aggressive. And we can’t skate around and hope it’s going ot take care of itself. We have to go after the other team. I think we did that a lot better tonight.”
The Rangers are five up on ninth-place Florida, and really that’s the race that matters most. Just finish in the top eight, baby.