a) Apparently they were ineffective in actually “rallying” the Rangers and
b) The cool little blue lighting element can be extracted from the sticks and
c) Thrown onto the ice when you are really upset at the end of a 4-0 shutout in the first home game of the playoff series against the Capitals.
John Tortorella was asked four questions after the game tonight. No one wanted to disturb the angry bear. But his answers were genuine. “It was just a good old fashioned spanking tonight,” Tortorella said. “We need to take our medicine here, get back to work and try to figure things out.”
The Rangers coach said the Rangers real trouble was on defense. “We were chasing our tails all night long, spinning and watching the puck.”
Sean Avery was not in the locker room.
Here is some Markus Naslund audio.
Ryan Callahan describes the shot that hit the post, and this is PG-13: funny, but a tad salty. If you find that you are offended almost everything, do yourself a favor and visit nickelodeon.com instead. Better yet, stay off the Internet.
I also sat in on the Alex Ovechkin press conference afterwards in the Caps locker room. Full disclosure, I could not understand everything he said. He did say that he didn’t want to talk about sitting in on the Rangers practice, that he thought it was something that was a big story for reporters.
On a serious note, Tortorella said he was concerned about Chris Drury, who has not been himself since the playoffs began and has an unspecified arm/wrist/hand injury.
“Sure, sure I am,” Tortorella said. “Everybody knows how Chris is. It’s a concern. It’s something we need to think through here, and we’ll start tomorrow and see how he feels and we’ll go from there.”
Asked about the lack of jump:
“Not so much jump. There’s a number of things we didn’t come out with.”
“I thought they played very well defensively, and I thought we stunk defensively. That was the key to the game. They defended very well in front of their net and we were chasing our tail all night long, spinning and watching the puck. Against a team like that, the way they move the puck, you can’t be watching the puck. We had too many guys doing the same job and that was a big problem for us tonight.”
“I thought we were terrible defensively. I said a very important part of trying to compete in this series is having the puck, and you’re not going to have the puck if you play defense like we played tonight. To create offense, you need to be sound defensively and we weren’t. We weren’t even close. It was a good old-fashioned spanking tonight. Now we need to take our medicine and get back to work and try to figure some things out.”
And about the penalties:
“I’m not going to whine about penalties. We stunk. Simple.”
DON’T FORGET: Carp and I are doing a Rangers chat TODAY, TUESDAY at noon.