The Rangers practiced today on their home ice after losing a tough one in Pittsburgh. The two-game road trip yielded just one point, but captain Chris Drury said he thinks the Rangers can still make the playoffs despite the two losses and tough schedule.
In the audio clip below, coach John Tortorella answers a question about the low-producing third periods and how that has got to change.
I asked him about his 30-second interview, the one where he used some colorful words to describe his team after a shootout loss to Atlanta. Maybe you can tell from the clip below, but he has become a little more relaxed around us. Some of the other beat writers say it started in Pittsburgh, after the outburst. Hmmm… teachable moment?
Sean Avery, who had an epic blowup with Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, won’t talk to reporters until the Devils game is over tomorrow night. Tortorella said he was not sure if someone from the Rangers had contacted the league about the differences in officiating that he sees Avery subject to—Torts asked if someone else making the same moves would get the penalties Avery does, and he thinks they wouldn’t. …Paul Mara’s eye injury wasn’t the reason he didn’t play more yesterday. … Corey Potter was at practice. He’s the in the white jersey above getting ready to shoot. … Tortorella expects that Michal Rozsival will be back on the ice early this week.
Here is Henrik Lundqvist talking about New Jersey and Pittsburgh.
And that’s it for now. I tried to post a lot more audio because you have said you like the clips and I had the time to edit. I have noticed that if I try to upload something longer than about 1:30 I get a file-too-fat message. So alas, I will not be able to post an entire Tortorella presser—unless he storms out again after two questions.
And here’s the video of the screening tactic that gave birth to the Avery Rule.