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Tortorella pre-game

Posted By On October 24, 2010 @ 5:41 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers | 75 Comments

First the news. As I tweeted earlier, Brandon Prust will play, though I can’t imagine he’ll be very attractive with that eye. Jeremy Williams may also play, in place of Todd White. Same lineup otherwise. Tortorella wouldn’t say whether Williams will play on the power play, where he excelled in Hartford.

Lundqvist is in goal for second of back to backs.

John Tortorella:

On his concern going into the game.


On which penalties in Boston he considered “stupid.”

“Staal, Dubinsky. Take your pick. You can talk about penalties and what you think a penalty is or isn’t. We have to start understanding as a team what we feel is going to be called in this league as a stick foul. Not whether you agree with it or not. It’s what is being called in this league. And we have to adhere to that.

On what Staal could have done.

“Stick on puck. It’s something we talk about all the time. I’m sure it’s been, and has been, a point of emphasis with the league as far as stick fouls. It’s to the point where, you lift your stick off the ice, they’re looking to make a call. We have to understand that. If you take your stick off the ice and it’s parallel in any way, they’re looking to make a call and we have to understand that as a club. You may not agree with it, but that’s what it is.”

On Prust.

“His eye’s opened up. No (restrictions) at all. We were a little concerned after the game, but he had a good night, it opened up, I just talked to him and he’s ready to play.”

On Todd White coming out.

“To be fair, I’ve got to figure out what I’m going to do with Todd White. I don’t have him in a spot that I’m certainly given him a chance to show … I don’t know what he is as a player. And I think, when you put him in spots and put him in different situations that really isn’t fair for him to show me. I don’t think he has a ton of confidence in his play and I have a bit to do with that, as far as spots I’ve put him in and how I spotted him in certain areas. I’m concerned about the speed. I’ve talked to him about that. But again, I don’t think I’ve given him a fair shake.

“But we bring a kid up here that could add some offense, may play a bit on the power play, and I want to look at him. I’ve been very honest with Todd about that. He understands it. We’ll talk next week and try to figure how we can give him a better opportunity, if we can.”

Williams, he said, was brought up because of the Prust injury. 

“We asked for the best (forward) down there. We spoke to Kenny (Gernander) … he was the one, so we brought him right up because we weren’t sure what was going to happen with Prust. But he’s here and simply I’d like to see him play.”

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