As you surely recall, the Rangers did not get a single power play in the game the last time they played the Penguins, the first time in almost two years that occurred.
As you also recall, Henrik Lundqvist put the Rangers short-handed late in the game by destroying his stick and flinging it toward the referees after giving up the go-ahead goal.
And that the Rangers (Marc Staal) actually scored short-handed to tie the game late, then won it on Ryan Callahan’s OT goal.
But, according to Andrew Gross, what you didn’t know is that John Tortorella called Colin Campbell and Mike Murphy at NHL HQ in Toronto to complain.
Here’s the quote from Andrew’s blog:
“I had major concerns after the game in Pittsburgh,” Tortorella said. “You don’t want to whine in this league about it, but I did have a conversation with Murph and Colie regarding that, not only some of the non-calls against us but some of the calls against us and some of the non-calls against them. But I don’t want that to take on a life of its own. I think, as a coach and manager, you need to be aware of that as the year goes on and if you have a gripe, you talk about it. But we certainly don’t want to get into a situation where we’re going to whine about it all the time.”
It doesn’t appear there will be any John Tortorella press conference before the game tonight. Marian Gaborik is still, as best we can tell, a game-time decision. But it sounds as if he’s doubtful. And Derek Boogaard remains out.