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Posted By Carp On January 13, 2011 @ 11:27 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 53 Comments

John Tortorella:

Started by saying that “you guys are really going to give it to me, aren’t you?” for the prediction that the Rangers wouldn’t be able to win 1-0. Then when he was told that the pressbox was praying it would hold up so we could give it to him, he said, “I was praying that they’d tie it up and we’d win 2-1 in overtime so I wouldn’t have to face this.”

I called him Nostradamos.

“I’m willing to eat those words, I’ll tell you.”

I asked him what it says about the Rangers that they’ve had so much success against the NHL’s elite:

“The thing I like about it is that everybody contributes in all the little things. I think that’s what’s helping us in those types of games, just the little things, the little battles. Like I said before, I think we’re a good team and more importantly, the players need to think we’re a good team and not worry about who we’re playing, or whether you think it’s stacked against you, and go play your game. We played harder tonight than the Montreal game. I don’t think we played bad (against) Montreal, but tonight was just a grittier effort. Especially after the first period, when I thought we turned it up. So it’s growing. It’s just growing as a team.”

To win a 1-0 game:

“Again, even before the game when we talked, we have been defending well. I thought we defended very well tonight. For a few minutes in the first period it was a bit of a struggle. Most of the middle part of the game, until the last five or six minutes—that’s when they got a lot of their chances—I thought we did a really good job defending. And we have to defend first. Boyle’s line and Staal and Girardi against the Sedin line, they did one helluva job against some good players, not only defending but making them play in their own end zone a number of shifts. So that’s important, and to win those one-goal games, this is a 1-0 game, this is the way it’s going to be in the second half.”

Best performance of year?

“I don’t know. I can’t remember all the other ones. I don’t want to put it up against anything or determine this is the best one. It was a good answer for us, and that’s what we talked about. We haven’t had many instances when we haven’t answered the correct way after a tough loss. That Montreal game was a tough loss. I thought we were a little sluggish, maybe (after) the trip and three really good wins. But we came back and answered tonight the way we need to play. And I don’t think we went in the back door. I thought we played the game we needed to play.”

Close to a 60-minute game:

“Yeah, we played good in the first period. The chances were even, but I thought we had the better chances. I just didn’t think we were doing enough in the neutral zone to slow them down. That’s where I thought we got better as the game went on, is that the D stood up. I thought McDonagh played very well as far as his arrogance standing up. We really wanted to close the neutral zone off against a really good club, and I thought we did a better job as the game went on.”

Key to the 5-on3:

“Blocked shots. (Boyle) makes a couple of blocks. We lose the faceoffs. We need to win one of those faceoffs. We don’t do it but we end up blocking a couple of shots. I thought our sticks were good when they were making cross-ice plays. Brian Boyle, I mean, he hung himself out there tonight. He had a huge impact on the game tonight.”

On the six D:

“It’s a group that continues to improve. I really like, you know, I’m watching McDonagh very closely just to see what his mindset is in a game like this. And that was important for us as a team, not to go in and see what type of game this is going to be because of their record and what they’d done coming into this game. And especially for a young guy like that, you want to see how he’d play. And he had the right type of strut in his game as far as closing the neutral zone off. All of them contributed. Danny and Marc get a lot of the credit because of the top line but they have a pretty good unit right on through their team, and so all our guys had to play against some pretty good players.”

On the Burrows-Staal incident:

“Oh, It’s ridiculous. That’s dangerous. The thing that bothers me is, how don’t you (the referees) see it? That’s what agitated me is that they didn’t see it. Sean Avery chips the puck in and gets hit. It’s interference.

“But that’s a dangerous play on Marc Staal, and it’s beyond me how two guys, one guy in the corner and one guy in the neutral zone, can’t see it. And we end up down, which usually happens if you retaliate. But if I’m Marc Staal, I’d retaliate too. I’d try to break his ankle on something like that. It’s ridiculous.”

On the PP:

“It was better. Better puck movement. I thought Gilly did a pretty good job in helping us there. We retrieved second and third pucks to keep it going. I think that helped us. The goal we scored was kind of a busted play off a faceoff, but it was better.”

On Gaborik being close (post, breakaway):

“He’s coming, and snakebitten. He blocks a shot, and to try to get him over that hill, if he scores that goal it would be a huge thing for him. But he blocks. It’s a big play in blocking the shot, his legs are moving, and he’s creating. So, that’s good news, and we still find a way to win some of these games without his production. But little by little, he’s coming.”

On Wolski and Gaborik together:

“I think that line tonight needs to understand that there’s some grind in the game, too. It can be a dangerous line offensively, but I think we have a little teaching to understand the grind. That’s who we are. That’s not coming out of our game and no one is exempt from adding grind to their game. That’s going to be ongoing. That’s where we’re going to be teaching Wolly. I’m not sure he totally understands that yet. But I talked to him on the bench during a timeout, that this is where we’re going to teach you and this is where you’re going to have to progress, because that’s a big part of winning and that’s a big part of the way this team plays.”

On Lundqvist:

“He played really good late there. He made some really good saves in the third period and it’s a really good game for him to bounce back. I think he was a little irritated on the goal in the game against Montreal. But I think he had some fight to him, especially at the end. There were a couple of really good close-in chances that he made some great saves on to secure the win.”
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Carp:

“Good night, kids.”


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