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Tortorella post-game

Posted By Carp On November 17, 2010 @ 10:32 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers | 56 Comments

John Tortorella:

On Tim Thomas:

“He was the difference. We have a chance at the end on the 5-on-3 and we don’t get it done. But he certainly was the difference.”

On the 5-on-3:

“The low play was there and Dubi shoots it wide. It was a great pass by Step. Then after that, in looking at it, there was just not enough puck movement. We are just holding onto it too much. One guy is holding onto it instead of letting the puck work. It’s something we need to work at because we haven’t scored on that (0 for 4 this season) and that’s a pretty important one. That’s something we’ve got to get better at.”

“That’s a tough team to play against. I think we developed 19 or 20 scoring chances against them. I have no problem how we played. I think we gave them one, the first one. They scored two goals when we pushed the puck up the strong side. Gilly is in a hell of a spot there as a right-handed shot left-D. I’d like to see him maybe just try and hold it and stop on the puck instead of trying to bat it. Teams that come at you, they’re going to take the strong side away. Danny (Girardi), it’s just not the right plau. It’s a play we just never make up the strong side and that ends up being in the net. But other than a couple of breakdowns there, I think we held them to eight or nine scoring chances. I have no problem with the way we played. It’s just not executing the 5-on-3 and just trying to chip out a couple of the mistakes.”

On Christensen passing instead of shooting early:

“I don’t know why he doesn’t just throw it in the net. Everyone knows with Tim Thomas, if you move a puck laterally, he’s going to be aggressive on the puck. He’s going to be diving across. I mean, it’s an open net. Erik’s just got to throw it at the net. I don’t know why he’s trying to do more on that play. You can’t look for more on Tim Thomas. You get him moving side to side, you get a chance to end up with a pretty good scoring chance because he’s so aggressive on the puck.”


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