Good evening from MSG.
With Prospal returning to the lineup, both Lisin and Voros get prucha’d.
I asked Tortorella about the forecheck, which was really good against Boston the other day, in part as a product of necessity because the Bruins play so well in the neutral zone. The Rangers don’t like giving up the puck on dump-ins, but against teams like that you sometimes have to do that. And maybe that’s really the best way for the Rangers to forecheck, since it obviously worked so well in that game:
“It’s a similar,” Tortorella said. “Jersey’s going to wait and look for turnovers in the neutral zone. I think against Boston, even the (last) two Boston games, I thought we were pretty good a far as keeping our patience, just trying to get he puck in behind them, not trying to make too many plays in the neutral zone and it allowed us to forecheck.
“Tonight’s going to be very similar. They’re very good in the neutral zone. I think they’re a little bit more aggressive when they have a chance than Boston is. We have to be aware of that. Again, it comes down to not getting stubborm, right through our lineup. We want to try to make plays, we want to keep control of the puck, but you have to be really careful against a team like this where you may have to use some area passes, skate into it, get in behind them and forecheck from there. They’re a really good team just waiting for you to get stubborn there.”
Tortorella also talked about Christensen’s skills, and that he’s really worked at his play on the other side of the puck. He noted that for a while Lisin was playing and Christensen was sitting, and that he’s earned his stay by what he’s done without the puck, defensively.
And he was asked about playing with Gaborik:
“With Gabby, he’s one of the low-maintenance stars. I think he can play a lot of different ways. He can beat you one on one, obviously, with his speed and his ability, he can give and go. So as far as a center and another player playing with him, it’s not really difficult because I think he can play a lot of different ways. The key thing is, and where I think Erik has done a much better job, is that he’s fought for the puck, too, offensively, in the offensive zone within the forecheck. They’ve been able to control the puck sometimes offensively. I don’t think (Gaborik) is a real difficult player to play with. I’ve seen some guys, star players, where it’s hard to find a fit. I don’t think it’s that way.”