Will update here shortly, and have more later.
But first is the news that Marian Gaborik has a concussion, and that it did not happen today. And for that the player has to take resposibility.
“He’s concussed,” John Tortorella said. “It didn’t happen in this game. I don’t know when it happened … well, maybe I shouldn’t say that. Maybe it did. He’s been off and on. I don’t know when it happened.”
“I’m frustrated for (the players) because I think they worked their ass off. (The Flyers) throw a back-hander, it’s in, and another one. It’s frustrating. But my frustration’s certainly — the belief in the team, it gets stronger for me. It’s about results. It is about winning. But we just haven’t been able to do that consistently, especially the second half of the year.”
“I think our third periods have been good even when we’ve been losing. We just haven’t made the next big play as far as putting it in the back of the net. But as far as our effort throughout the game here, we had some chances. We had chances right on through, and the third period I thought we brought it to another level. But we just … I feel good about some of the things. I felt a number of players played really well. But it’s about winning a hockey game and we just haven’t done that consistently enough here. But we’re going to ramp it up again tomorrow and start again.”
“I just talked to Rammer (trainer Jim Ramsay). Gabby told me he didn’t feel well. I left it up to him and Rammer after the first period and they told me ‘No.’ I don’t know what the timetable is.”
“He was playing along. I know he’s had some conversations when he was off the ice sometimes, (that) he just wasn’t dead-on. But that’s something we’re going to have to talk to him about, and Rammer, and see what went on with it.”
What tipped him off after the first period that Gaborik wasn’t right:
“Him. Him. He didn’t feel well.”
He hadn’t said anything like that before?
“No. You’re digging too deep guys. I don’t have enough information.”
Need a callup for the upcoming trip?
“Yes. I haven’t talked to anybody about that, but in my mind, yes.”
About the one-goal losses, or the one-and-empty-netter losses:
“It’s a loss. When I put my hat on as far as development, I continue to try to evaluate players through it all, winning and losing. When you start a year and you’re teaching your team concept, this coaching staff spend a lot of time (on) how we’re playing, and developing our identity. We have developed how we need to play. I think our players understand it and I think our players bought into it. I think they know that they can be succesful with it, so we’ve gone in those two stages. The development is always with me as far as the players. We’ve gone to that stage of who we are and who we’re going to be, and we’ve built that. Now we’ve got to find a way to win games. We have 21 left here. This time of year, because we’ve got the foundation done as far as who we are. You’ve got to find a way to win games.”