Tortorella pre-game


Will have more in a moment. The only news: Wojtek Wolski will skate in warmup. He wants to play. If he can’t, Kris Newbury will.

Back with Tortorella quotes in a few.

The most interesting stuff was about how he doesn’t want Prust fighting the heavyweights, and how he takes responsibility for not making that clear, and how he dislikes the “staged fighting.”


John Tortorella:

on Wolski:

“We’ll see how he feels after warmup. It’s been like that for the past few days. Again, we have to be smart about it where … it’s not three shifts and you’re done and it leaves us short-handed. But he said he felt much better today, so we’ll see after warmup.”

On Lundqvist since the benching:

“He’s found a way. I think he continues to work at his game. I think he feels he needs to continue to work at his game. So he’s going to play. I think he’s got to find some sort of rhythm. I think that’s very important. That’s what Ben (Benoit Allaire) and him talked to me about. I know nothing about goaltending other than ‘Stop the goddamn puck.’ But rhythm is a very important thing and I think Benoit has really helped me understand that better as we’ve gone through here. I don’t think (Lundqvist) has been dead-on. I don’t think he’d admit that he’s been dead on. But he’s working on his game and I’m sure he’s going to be right there when we need him.”

Asked to characterize his season so far:

“You’re trying to box me into a corner there. I’m not going to go there. I’m not going to go there.”

On the young defensemen as a group:

“Just that they’re young and they’ve hung in there. There’s been surprises as far as, especially Sauer, coming into camp, earning a spot and has played the minutes that he’s played. Now McDonagh’s done his time in the American league, halfway through the year we make a trade because we feel we want to bring him into the situation, we get an offensive guy in (Wolski). There’s bumps, there’s some struggles. Michael Del Zotto’s in a process. (Gilroy) has gone through a process and tends to be up and down a little bit, more up now. So I think they’ve embraced just trying to improve. We do a lot of teaching on positioning, and that’s a key thing on defense — positioning. And that’s the hardest part of playing defense, is positioning. And slowly but surely, they’ve grown into a a group of guys that have stuck in there and found a way to help us.”

Asked by an L.A. guy about Brian Boyle:

“Brian Boyle deserves … the biggest improvement in Brian Boyle, and I wouldn’t even say improvement, is just what he’s done mentally for himself to get geared up for a year where, last year we weren’t sure what he was. You guys had him. We weren’t sure what he was, we weren’t satisfied with some of the things he was doing. He was a guy that we weren’t sure was going to be on the club, and I think he has shown a great mental toughness in doing everything he could in the summer, not only physically, skating instructor, all that stuff, but mentally to gear himself up for a year — that he was going to make this team. And he’s continued go grow, and his confidence has grown, and I think he deserves a lot of credit as far as how he’s handled himself.”

On the power play’s confidence growing:

“You hope so. When you’re successful at anything, I think you release, you take a little pressure off yourself as far as what you’re doing. That’s been a focal point for quite a while, our power play, the past few months. It has to have some consistency if we want to get where we want to be. If we want to get away from these one-goal games and two-goal games where a mistake beats us, that power play has got to be a group of guys that need to kick in a goal. I like the way it was practiced the past couple of days on it, all situations: 5-on-4, 5-on-3, 4-on-3. So hopefully it will continue to help us out.”

On breaking up Boyle and Prust:

“I thought they were — and I’ve had them together most of the year — I thought they were stale. I think Pruster has fought it a little bit. I think he’ll be back and be a big part of it. I’ve tried to cut down a little bit of his ice time. From the fighting, his thumb, his shoulder, I don’t think he’s completely healthy. And part of it was, I was looking for … ┬ánine forwards more than spreading it out there. I have (Stepan) on the wing, which I’m not crazy about, but I don’t want to lose him in the top nine. Because I went into it, and I’m not sure how it’s going to go here in four games in six nights, three games in three and a half, I’m not sure where the lines will go as far as ice time. But I was looking to get our best nine, if we could during that stretch where our games were spread out. And plus, we just weren’t scoring anyway.”

On telling Prust not to fight so much:

“Yeah, and I think I have made mistakes. Like, he shouldn’t be fighting Boulton, and I kick myself that I didn’t tell him that before the (Atlanta) game. I still don’t realize what I have there. This is a guy that takes on all comers. And I think some coaching has to come … that’s my fault in a couple situations. I wanted to punch him in the side of the head after the Boulton fight, and I told him that. I did. Because he’s too important a guy for us when he’s playing well. And it’s not disrecpecting Boulton, but we don’t need a staged fight, and I think that’s what that was. These staged fights in this league, I think, are ridiculous. I think fighting is for a reason. The staged part of it, I think is nonsense, and I don’t want our team doing it. Especially Pruster, who kills penalties, who grinds for us, and does a lot of good things for us. He’ll know, I think he should and he does, but he’s just that type of guy. He’ll fight anybody. But I think he needs to know when he needs to fight, so I need to take some responsibility there.”

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  1. Doodie Machetto on


    Regarding the scouts:

    Yotes, Penguins, Canucks, Wild, Ducks, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Flames, Senators

    1) Wings play the Kings in 11 days.
    2) Yotes play the Kings in 14 days.
    3) Canucks play the Kings in a little over 2 weeks.
    4) Wild play the Kings in 7 days and Rangers in 14.
    5) Ducks play the kings in 6 days.
    6) Senators play the Rangers in 15 days.

    But as for the Penguins, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Flames, and still kinda the Senators, it is very interesting.

  2. don’t blame Torts.
    Prust has become more important in other ways
    and doesn’t need to re-injure himself

    his last fight made no sense at all
    and i still believe that he cut something on his right side
    — hand or arm — cause it looked like blood dripping.

  3. btw,
    cable guy is late to re-wire house
    may miss the game

    any suggestions for a good internet stream
    to watch it?


  4. Carped myself…

    I think they are all scouting the ice in MSG. The best in the league! They are trying to steal our recipe!

  5. Since it is about 60 degress outside right now, the ice at MSG is going to be “terrible” tonight, as opposed to the usual being just “bad”. Get ready for lots of bouncing pucks and offsides calls tonight.

    I’ll be there. Hopefully, Gaborik shows up like last game…

  6. thanks miked

    there was one site that i went to during pre-season
    and the computer kept getting these
    spam pop ups of a….racy nature.

  7. Are there still any news concerning the Rangers taking part in NHL Premiere in Europe ?
    When do you exspect to get an announcement from any party involved in the event ????

  8. Cable guy is STILL not here to re-wire so the game doesn’t break up.

    Going to a coffee shop, Panera Bread to watch online.

    Any suggestions for a stream? PLEASE

  9. When I look at the standings the Rangers are only four points ahead of 9th place Buffalo with the Sabres with two games in hand on them !

    The Rangers have fumbled a good initial position with a disspointing showing in the last five or six games and the participipation in the playoffs is not hundred percent sure at this time, so you noticing the Coach more nervous today ???

  10. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Ahh… the usual race to the photo finish with our boys in blue! Nothing like high blood pressure and anxiety to go with your feb/march/april!


  11. I don’t know aboot all of you, but I’ll be voting for Brian Boyle for the Steven McDonald award thing-a-ma-jig. I suggest you all do the same.

    Cally is an obvious candidate, and can win it every year. But, Boyle deserves it!

  12. The lack of a real quarterback on the blue line is basically the reason that the Rangers are so struggling on the powerplay. I cant stand the reason why Sather and Tortorella are not able to realize this and able to hire someone to patrol the blue line kind of Lidstrom, Gonchar etc…

    In todays NHL the special teams are very important to the outcome of the game and the Rangers current management and stuff arent able to fix this mess….

  13. Prust is a close second behind Boyle.

    But, Boyle is much improved in all areas of the game, and will finish with 20+ goals. So, in my opinion, he deserves it.

    Artie, in my opinion, should win money to go to McDonald’s, so he can pack on a little weight on that lanky frame of his.

  14. Orr and Carp with two great nominations for the McDonald award. Isn’t it voted for amongst the team? This may be the toughest election in a while. And I mean that in a good way.

  15. I think the McDonald award is voted by the fans. The players vote for the Players’ Player, which usually goes to a tough guy (Darren Langdon), or somebody like Eddie Olczyk (pre-Edzo days) who mean a lot to the team off the ice.

  16. LinCalPrustBoylahan HAPPY BIRTHDAY FANKIST on

    oooh game is on NHL Network! i hope if its the kings announcers they will be a bit more professional than the pen()s yokels.

  17. Leetchie in da house! He’s too cool for Hockey Night Live, home of Al Fishtoupe and the 2 Battle of the Blades twirlers!

  18. Per TSN, Brian Boyle is 6th in league this year in points per power play time. Very interesting stat

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