I used this quote from Tortorella the other night, and in my column:
“There’s no sense of feeling the pressure here,” he said. “You lose a couple of games here with so few games left, you’re done. So you just go out and play, and we’ve talked as a group. A lot of people poke holes in us. A lot of people are poking holes, and rightfully so. We’ve had a very up and down season. I’m not complaining about that. But we can’t listen to that. We’ve got to stay within ourselves and find a way to grind and get points here. Whether we get there or not, I don’t predict it. But we’re going to keep on fighting and see where we’re at in the end.”
And I got to thinking that maybe the best thing for this team was the feeling that the season might already be lost.
Now it can go out and play, like a spoiler. That “nothing to lose” attitude can work wonders for teams in all sports late in seasons, mostly for bad teams out of races who suddenly have a strong finish, out of nowhere.
The thing with the Rangers is that they are still in the race, technically, if they can use this newfound loosey-goosey thing to their advantage. We’ve already seen what a simple two-game winning streak can do in a tortoise race like this.
But then the problem becomes, once they are back up and running in the race, are they able to maintain the “nothing to lose” feeling?