As promised, here’s the Tortorella transcript from his f- and s-bomb-laden post-game press conference:
First question was whether the first period was unacceptable:
More similar questions: “I have no explanation for how we started. I wish I could give you one.”
I asked him about the Islanders getting the dirty goal to start the game, the point I was getting at was that the Rangers don’t get goals like that. But I never finished the question.
“That we don’t get,” Tortorella said. “It’s horse(poop) coverage around the corners. He just brings it aroudn the net and it’s a fluky goal, but we don’t get them.”
So what do they need to do?
“Play (firetruckin’) harder.”
Man blogs are great.
So what can he do?
“That’ll be something we’ll decide before tomorrow’s game,” Tortorella said.
“I’ll tell you right now, the thing that’s unacceptable about tonight’s game — and we’re trying to stay positive around here, trying to work out way through it — but when we play like (poop) like that for 20 minutes, in a game like this, in a back-to-back situation, it’s unacceptable . .. it is simply unacceptable. And there has to be something done. We’ll see, along the way here, before tomorrow night’s game, where we go with it. It’s simply unacceptable how we start that game. I wish I could give you a (firetruckin’) explanation for it. I can’t.”
With that he stormed out, nearly knocking a chair off the podium platform.
Henrik Lundqvist, along the same line of questions:
“They played exactly the way we thought they would play. No surprise. No excuse there. They played iwth a lot of energy and they got the job done.
“It’s not acceptable. We’re in a really tough spot here and we have to realize that. To play like that, the first period, not acceptable. We all have to look in the mirror right now and see what we have to do better to help the team. We’re not doing enough right now.”
From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 16, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, New York Islanders 2 (Game #33, Home #17)
• The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 2-1, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden.
• New York have sold out 173 consecutive regular season games, dating back to Nov. 5, 2005 against New Jersey; the last regular season non-sellout was Oct. 31, 2005 vs. Montreal (17,697); including the playoffs, the Rangers sellout streak is now at 187 games.
• The Blueshirts are now 14-16-3 (31 pts.) on the season, including a 7-9-1 mark at home.
• The Rangers won 31 of 51 faceoffs for a 61% success rate; Vinny Prospal led all skaters with 11 faceoff wins and went 11-16 (69%) in the faceoff circle.
• Enver Lisin tallied one goal and two shots in 9:14 of icetime; he now has two points (one goal and one assist) in four career games against the Islanders.
• Brandon Dubinsky recorded one assist and won 10 of 17 faceoffs (59%); he also logged a season-high 24:28 of icetime.
• Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves while starting in his seventh straight game, which ties his season-high.
• Dan Girardi notched an assist on Lisin’s third period goal and recorded three shots in 22:57 of icetime.
• Marian Gaborik led all skaters with six shots and 26:51 of icetime; Christopher Higgins led the team and tied for the game-high with five hits.
• The Rangers return to action tomorrow, Dec. 17, when they will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a home-and-home set and the Rangers fourth game in six days; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
• Prior to the game, the Rangers pre-game skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Nassau Coliseum.