Tortorella post-game quotes


John Tortorella:

On what he said to Lundqvist after the game:

“I just congratulated him. I know how hard he took that one last night and he answered. So I’m glad we put him back in, I’m glad he played, I’m glad he got a lot of action in the third period and made some great saves. I just congratulated him. I thought he played a great game after a pretty trying circumstance last night. He took it hard last night. So he bounced back really well.”

“What we talked about prior to the game was to feel good about ourselves because I thought we played a really good game, and let’s just continue to play the right way, Before last night’s game, I don’t think we were playing that well. We were winning some hockey games but I thought we lost some of our attitude and being tenacious. We certainly got that back last night and I thought we brought that into tonight’s game. As hard as we had to work to score goals last night, the puck went in tonight, so who the heck knows what goes on.”

“We figured they’re do. They have struggled and they’re such a good team offensively. You need to defend first. We felt if we defended the right way — and I had the match most of the night of Anisimov’s line and Staal and Girardi against their top line, and we just wanted to defend the right way. We defended well last night and that was the biggest point tonight: Make sure we take care of our end first and our offense will come off of it.

“I thought we grinded well in the first period, and then the puck started going in. The biggest play was we scored a second goal. Instead of it being 1-0 and trading and them tying us up 1-1, we scored a second goal to make it 2-0 and it’s something we have struggled to do, to add to our lead instead of trading. And then it kind of took off from there.”

On Staal’s game.

“I’ll tell you, we all know what he is. He’s a very, very good player. He’s growing up, not only feeling so comfortably defensively, but his offensive game is coming. That’s what I really like about our club, all of our D, even when we’ve lost a couple, are joining the rush. We’re being aggressive joining the rush, and he leads the way. That play on the short-handed goal was just a helluva play by him, battling in the corner, Pruster makes a great dump-off to Boyle, and there’s Marc Staal screaming up the ice. You can see he feels it offensively, and that’s his responsibility. He’s a big part of our core, he’s not only going to be one of our top defenders, but he needs to add that part of his game.”

On Anisimov:

“The exciting part for me, and I don’t want to jinx him but I have to give him a little (credit) here, is Artie. Artie’s played two really good games when before he really struggled. I look at how (Derek Stepan) struggled after he had a great first game and a few good ones after it then struggled. Artie went through the same thing. Now to see him play these two games, that’s good for our hockey team up the middle. He played straight up on Backstrom and I thought he did a great job.”

On the Dubinsky-Ovechkin fight:

“I think that’s good stuff. And, listen, Ovechkin, I respect him. He takes a hit. I think he’s one of the honest stars in the league because he’s willing to hit and take hits. I think Dubi felt — I saw the hit (on replay) — Dubi felt it was low. I’m not sure if it was. I don’t mind what Dubi did at all. That’s good stuff. That’s good for your hockey club.”

On the team’s style:

“I don’t think you’re ever going to perfect it. We’re going to have ups and downs with some of the young players on our club. But I think they believe that’s who they are right now. You can talk about it, I can talk about it, but if they don’t believe that’s who they are, that’s a tough thing to be consistent with.

“And really, other than a couple of bumps in the road so far in 31, 32 games here, they have bought into it. I think it’s a rewarding type of way to play, because after the game, you’re banged up, and who knows what’s gone on along the boards, and you feel good about it when you get a win. And we have to play that way. We’re not a team like Washington, where it’s totally skilled. We have to grind and the guys have done that consistently and we’ve found ways to get points here the first half of the year.”

(see earlier thread about Drury coming back into the lineup)

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  1. greatest city in the world. city of dreams, city of blinding lights, city of hope, city of greatness, city of history, city of legacy, city of champions!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Cookie Monster (aka Miami Pimp) on

    FIFA is the definition of bush-league … I hope Qatar is a freaking disaster

  3. Orr – Listen, Id like to make a deal with you. Please, in the future, dont watch Jets games. Please. Whatever you want, it’s yours. I give you my word. A man is nothing without his word. There’s nothing I wont do for one of my teams…

  4. staal is a very very good player.

    he is a stud d man, he is 23 or 24.. he can be a star for 6 to 10 years…….

    think some of the yoyos wanted to trade him after all he is 23 and not scoring like mike green… mike green plays terrible d, staal is great in his own zone……

    rangers are young and good, they are going to get better. this is the low water mark, kreider, werek, and othjers…this team will be good for the next 5 + years…………

    washington needs to get healthy on the backline fast………..

  5. leetchhalloffame on

    Great job by Dubi to go after Ovi on that dirty hit. No question Ovi is just frustrated by the realization that he’ll never win a Cup in DC. That was a deliberate intent to injure Girardi, but Colin Campbell will just ignore that because it wasn’t Avery doing the hitting.

  6. Staal improves EVERY GAME.

    Anyone see Staal’s backwards crossovers taking away the shooting lane then pokechecking Nash in the Colombus game?

    They showed it in slow motion and not only was it great ice IQ every other stride was the opposite foot so smoothely. This kid gets better every day.

  7. Staal started out slowly this year, but in recent weeks his play has improved by leaps and bounds. Tonight, he (and Girardi) again kept Ovechkin in check and frustrated.

  8. staal is the best non goalie on the team 25 minutes every night. playing against the other teams studs….

    gaborik is very good but he does not show up every night and gets hurt often.

    staal gets $3 mill and change a year, good signing sather………

  9. 8-0 in back to backs.

    8 and freaking ZERO in back to back games. That alone shows how different, and tougher, both mentally and physically that this team is compared to last year.

  10. I don’t think they’re that different from last years team, personally. Physically, they’re tougher though, I’ll give them that.

    Staal has definitely improved his offense. In his short career in the NHL before this season, he just didn’t have the confidence. He didn’t have the luck either. I can’t even remember how many times he broke his fuggin stick taking a shot.

    Definite improvement this year. Glad to know he’s locked up for the next few years. One less young Ranger to worry aboot.

    Hopefully Dublowsky learns from that, and does what needs to be done this summer.

  11. They always fool you like that. It annoys the carcillo out of me.

    They knew, and Hank knew that they owed the fans a big game, and they gave it to us.

    That being said, at the end of the year, if they’re facing elimination in game 82, and they miss out by one point, then look back to that game against the Blue Jerkoffs. It will all be for nothing.

    They need to build a couple of point streaks here and there. Not just a 2-3 game point streak, and a 2-3 losing streak.

    Just wait until the Canes, and Sabs put a steak like that and they’re right back in the mix. That could spell trouble!

  12. I cant believe I missed this game! My pirate internet at home finally crapped out. It only took Comcast a couple of years to bock that hole.

    I ‘m gonna watch it tomorrow for sure on hockey streams. I did see the dubinsky fight. I saw Dubi skating at him from across the rink. that’s why I love that guy.

    when there were 30 days to the start of the season, I said “30 goals for Dubinsky this year!” look it up.

  13. lol ORR

    its just not enough of that show!! and now they went on break until probably middle of next year!

    end of the year and all of the shows end… Fringe, Dexter…

    Breaking bad should be back soon… do you watch that show, ORR?

  14. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    what a game!!! Dubi with an avery hat trick!!!!

    Loved avery’s response to hendrick late in the game after what hendrick did to sauer.

    This team always plays better when it fights!

    Imagine how good we will be when we get a crease clearing d man.

    Loved the crowd at the game tonight, actually sounded like a hockey crowd!! Only part that sucked was when they cheered the ovi injury (kind of a philly bush league fan type thing), but they sounded awesome the whole game.

    Drury back on wednesday, good bye mr white?

    I have to ask, but what the hell is dexter?

  15. Carp

    I don’t know if I ever told you this before…sometimes I am not sure. My oldest daughter went to school with McPhee, when he was the hockey BMOC, and she was working on her Master’s degree . She mentioned that she met him at some school functions, on a couple of occasions…but she never remembered him as being sober. That was Bowling Green ( Parrots?) can’t recall their mascot name.

  16. btw she also met another former Ranger during those years, ( Brian Mcclellan?), and thought he was a pretty decent chap.

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