Some day-after thoughts:
1) In an Olympic year there will be lots of back-to-backs and three-in-four nights. So far the Rangers have won the second game of both of their back-to-backs, and tomorrow they play their second third-in-four; they won the previous third-in-four. Conditioning?
2) It was inevitable that Colton Orr and Donald Brashear would dance. Orr wanted it badly. But really it proved nothing, except that a lot of Rangers fans still like and appreciate Orr, and that a lot of them have accepted Brashear. By the way, Orr didn’t want to talk to the media afetr the morning skate. Colton Orr! Colton $#%@ Orr!
3) Michael Del Zotto’s keep-ins at the point are Leetch-like. But nobody ever has done it like No. 2.
4) Tortorella on using five forwards on the 5-on-3 PP: “We’ll take our chances there.”
5) Marian Gaborik has much better hands than I realized, and is a far better passer that I ever imagined. A great passer, in fact.
6) Tortorella on Wade Redden’s turnaround: “He’s played pretty well here and I’m glad he gets rewarded (with a goal and two assists). He’s been good. He hasn’t been great, but he’s been good, and if we can get him—because he has put up numbers—in that type of mindset of bringing offense … we want everybody involved in this. The thing about Redds is he deserves a lot of credit, because he has hung in there. He has been banged around and it’s tough to play defense in this league because you can’t hold guys up and defense has to take hits. Part of our breakout situation is really basically allowing our defense to take hits so we can move it by the forechecking. He’s stuck in there and has gotten banged around, but has done a really good job protecting the puck.”
7) Tortorella didn’t get too angry during his postgame this time, but he loudly corrected a guy who misquoted his trademark motto. “Safe is dead,” the guy said. “No, no, no, no, it’s ‘safe is death,’ Tortorella said, then explained it. “It means, you need to take a chance. It’s the style of play—we want to take a chance. … When we don’t have the puck we want to get it back as soon as we can. … We want to take a chance. If we’re going to make a mistake it’s going to be through aggression on the puck. So that’s basically what we’re talking about there.”