Post-practice quotes


John Tortorella said he doesn’t anticipate lineup changes in terms of the 18 skaters … but that he’s contemplating his lines and his power-play personnel. If I don’t have time to transcribe his presser I’ll link to video from it.

From a room with far, far too many empty lockers — and from what I understand it was worse post-game Friday night:

Chris Drury:

“We feel, especially in Game 2 we played a better game, we played harder, and we know we’re going to have to continue to grind it out. It would certainly be nice to get one early for our fans in our building.”

“It’s a special place in any game, but a playoff game — we weren’t in last year — I think the fans are going to be pretty excited.”

“It’s be important. I don’t think if we don’t get the first one, it’s over. But certainly we’d like to get the first one, especially being at home and being down 2-0.”

“I think at the right time we’ve just got to get a big play, a big goal. I thought in Game 2 we played a lot harder. I think we played smarter, we certainly have ourselves a better chance to win by playing that way. We just have to keep grinding it out. Maybe we’ll get a bounce early, a break early, and make it stick.”

Brian Boyle:

“We’re trying to win a game, trying to get some momentum. Come back to home, play in front of our fans, use that energy and feed off of it. Trying to get a game. That’s what we’re focused on. We’re focused on Game 3.”

“We need to score. We need a bounce to go in. We need to force that bounce. We need  to make it really tough on them. It’s coming. We had some flurries, and outside of a little bit in the second period of last game. We know the way we have to play. We have to sustain it. There’s going to be ups and downs. We need to be deal with some of the momentum shifts, create traffic and put the puck on net.”

“In a series, every hit’s an investment. It can go a long way  as we go on in the series. That’s what they’re trying to do, and we’re trying to do it, too. We’re pushing back. They’re D know we’re coming, Sometimes when we’re forechecking you can kind of sense it. They’re trying to do the same. That’s playoff hockey, I guess. You see it every year.”

“(Sean Avery) was buzzing. He was getting pucks. He was getting on their D and forcing turnovers. They weren’t breaking out easy. We were giving them a hard time doing that. We were coming back in waves, and that’s where it starts. When you get another chance like that to get excited and throw some pucks at the net and get rebounds. We got some chances there and that’s what we want to do. That’s probably … if we’re together again tomorrow, that’s what our line’s going to focus on for sure.”

“I had fun at the rink today. I was happy to be here with the guys. It was fun to be here. We’re ready to win Game 3. We’re down 0-2 and those are over and done with. We need to win Game 3.

“Dru’s a great leader and he was telling us that. We need to get momentum on our side. In series … stuff can shift. We need to come out, we need to neutralize them, we need to play physical on them. And then we need to score some goals.”

Brandon Dubinsky:

“We’re trying to create chances and funnel everything to the blue and try and get in this guy’s face. He’s a young guy and we’ve got to try to put some more pressure on him.”

“We played a good (third) period. I thought we played a pretty good game with the exception of what happened in the second period there. But at the end of the day you’ve got to win, and you’ve got to win games in the playoffs, and that’s the most important thing. We’ve got to find a way to get it done no matter what it takes tomorrow. I think our guys are going to be ready and we feel good.”

“I think we just stick to what works for us, staying aggressive, getting in on the forecheck and I keep saying it, but bringing pucks to the net and try and get some ugly ones, because I think once it goes in for you there, then some of the other stuff starts to open up. So, we’ve just got to try and get some ugly ones. … We’ll find a way to break through here.”

“He’s certainly made some good saves for them, but with that being said, I don’t think he’s seen enough rubber and I don’t think he’s seen enough traffic, so I think those are two things that we’re going to really focus on going into tommorow’s game.”

“This is the greatest place to play, but in the playoffs — I’ve had the opportunity to have played here — it’s really special. The fans are exciting, going crazy. So hopefully we can use that energy and win a big game here at home and change the tide of the series.”

“I’ve just got to make sure I’m hard on the puck, I’ve got to make sure I have the puck more, and continue to try and be aggressive personally and finish my checks and play in the dirty areas, and all those things that have helped make me successful during the season, I’ve got to make sure I bring tomorrow.”

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  1. “Dru’s a great leader and he was telling us that. ”


    Does this quote by Boyle mean that Pizza Pants was declaring what a great leader he is?

  2. ” a bounce to go in…” – Boyle
    “an ugly one” – Dubinsky

    This doesn’t sound like confidence to me…this sounds like they are waiting for some luck or some poor ice maintenance to help them out.

    My friend who is a huge Caps fan told me there are rumblings among the Caps fans that the Rangers will intentionally make the ice slow for the games at MSG. I can’t say I don’t think it is what should be done by the crew…..

  3. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    carped, repost

    I heard boogey is taking skating lessons this summer from boyle’s coach!

    Nucks over wings!

  4. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    empty lockers=maybe not so confident???

  5. The Canucks are majestic to watch. The Red Wings are also terrific…but man oh man can I watch that Canucks team take it to anybody. They are marvelous. Really looking forward to them catching the Sharks in the second round.

  6. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I agree. That team is really really good, they just hit and hit and hit!!

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    kesler, burrows, lapierre, edler, bieksa

  8. h. sedin, d. sedin.

    How does the NHL not promote that team? They are not only great but they are REALLY fun. Kesler is a fun American too so they can have their whole American market or whatever.

  9. eddie eddie eddie on

    DDe – I think you are missing RIR’s point. Momentum in and of itself is not the end all be all…. Talent, work ethic, passion, and other non tangibles are also in play. Much of what momentum is – is really about confidence and the inherent role that psychology plays in sports. I played college tennis and hacked around on a satillite tour and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that when I was winning matches it made winning the next match much easier…. Winning breeds confidence which breeds more winning. Conversely, when I hit a rough patch… Easy to get down and stay down….much of it… All of it – mental and hard to quantify it…

  10. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    kesler had like 7 or 8 hits last night at least, he is great…and yes, add the twins to that list of guys on that team I really like!

  11. Rhode Island Ranger on

    ddeb, you asked:

    “RIR- In your opinion, if a team wins the first 2 games of a series, then lose game 3, but go on to win the series, does that fall under “momentum”?”

    You’ve zeroed in on the most difficult thing about momentum to try to quantify or predict: Does it continue to function to some extent after a loss.

    If momentum is performance-enhancing confidence from recent success, both teams could feel it to some extent in your scenario. In interaction with all the other factors that go into winning a series (skill, effort, strategy, officiating, injuries, luck), it probably means more to the team that needs it more. Where there’s an objective physical inferiority, there needs to be a growing confidence that the inferiority can be overcome.

    Why, for instance, does a great save so often lead to a goal at the other end? I think it creates a spike in belief that translates into a physiological benefit. A Ranger win tomorrow, though statistically unlikely, will certainly have some kind of positive knock-on effect for them in Game 4.

    But unless a Cap loss in Game 3 somehow strikes at the heart of their belief in themselves, its effect on their momentum/confidence in Game 4 would probably not be decisive.

    Deeply speculative when we are talking about momentum as just one of many, interrelated factors. But at least Boyle says he believes in momentum… and wants some !

  12. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    plus all of their fans sing the anthem!

    as would I


  13. Wouldn’t there be empty lockers becuase they probably cleared out after the last game of the season when they didn’t know if they would be playing again this year….

  14. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    so when I was 5…..

  15. I love this team….(the Rangers that is) but I might take Kesler over the entire offense (not counting Cally and the Hobbit Wizard, our Defense and Hank). So……….


  16. That’ll learn me to write a long rambling response…



    “The winners of Game 1 claim 67% of seven-game series. In the social sciences, this is considered statistically significant.”

    This shows the significance of what? The “better” team is more likely to win Game One and more likely to win the series. That 67% stat alone doesn’t confirm anything about the actual act of winning Game One making winning subsequent games more likely than it originally was.

    “If the confidence from recent success we call momentum doesn’t enhance performance at all, we would expect either complete randomness from game to game or possibly something like the best team (by ranking) winning all the time.”

    There is a pretty significant element of “randomness”, luck, call it what you will, that determines the outcome of single games and series, regardless of the existence or otherwise of momentum. A winning/losing streak could easily occur due to randomness and then retrospectively be attributed to “momentum” (confirmation bias).

    To support its existence, the numbers would presumably show that random variation decreases with every win/loss, i.e. the outcome of individual games become more predictable over time. This increase in predictability might be the case, but again, I’d be sceptical as to whether you could properly attribute this to “momentum” rather than just the games revealing more about the teams’ true relative talent level (which you’d relaistically need more than seven games to do).

  17. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Too many cliches in the quotes
    Too many theoretical essayd about momentum
    Too many wishes for a lucky bounce

    Not enough we have to bring our game up to a higher level
    Not enough we have to convert our opporunities
    Not enough our goals scorers have to score goals


  18. NYR! nice – get a U-S-A chant going.

    I think there is only about 5 of us reading this blog right now. Hopefully our guys don’t learn how badly we want to trade about 11 of them for Kesler….who is hilarious by the way…this whole “be in the background of other people’s interviews thing” that he does it terrific.

  19. Stranger Nation on

    So you wouldn’t take kesler over callyman – please pass the dutchie on the left hand side

    We do not have offensive centers now that Artie has disappeared and EZ is the little engine that can’t. Wolly bear may have to play the pivot on the PP and puleeze get gilly on the PP along with sour power.

  20. Stranger – that is *not* what I said. I will clarify

    I was saying that I would trade all of our players to get Kesler – I would literally trade our entire offense at once – I would just want to keep Capt. Crutch (Callahan) to play with Kesler.

    If I was offered a deal for Kesler that included Callahan I would do it faster than I can click “submit” on this post. I was just making a joke….like….trade everybody and keep our Defense, Hank and three forwards, kesler, hobbit wizard and callahan.

  21. Rhode Island Ranger on


    Agree with you that the stats alone don’t prove the significance of momentum among all the other factors.

    But when you also consider the hundreds of scientific studies documenting the performance enhancing effects of confidence, the Carp-Lowe denial of momentum seems untenable.

    And I guess I’d rather believe in momentum than emotion-less, Soviet-style robotism.

  22. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – i am not a fan of MZA…he is definietly not university material

  23. eddie eddie eddie on

    rangers get off to a great start tomorrow…get an early goal…and we will see momentum swing like a fulcrum pendelum

  24. I know eddie – I was just making a joke. I would keep him around to be funny. Kesler has a good sense of humor and can carry our offense and Hobbit Wizard can be his sidekick.

    Let’s Trade:

    Get: Ryan Kesler

    Give: Almost everybody.

  25. Call me a Negative Nancy or whatever, but…

    I thought the Rangers played as good as they can play, especially in the first period. All they have to show for it is a loss. Honestly, I don’t see them having the ability to play much better. The only thing they have to hope for is that Washington has a stinker or two.

  26. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I was joking about how people talk to therapists because your post was pretty in depth and analytical (I agree btw).

  27. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    fans at MSG, please…PLEASE..take note and follow suit!!

  28. Adorer of Blogmama on

    I hope Avery scores 2 goals tomorrow and then, after the game, whisks our extraordinary Mama off her feet, thus scoring the hat trick. :)

  29. Rhode Island Ranger on


    Sorry, hoped longer comments on a slow day wouldn’t be too offensive.

    I assume people see the big ones coming and tackle them at their own risk !

  30. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    absolutely no reason to apologize, it was a great post and make them as long as you feel like. It really was a great post that I agree with, sorry about my arid sense of humour!

  31. Stranger Nation on

    On a team that does not score, getting on aves for not scoring he barely plays when in lineup is a little misguided. Last night he provided what he can provide and the team put pressure on the Caps D which has obviously watched a lot of video prior to series as they are consistently one step a head of our guys, particularly on cycle.

  32. Adorer of Blogmama on

    Mama > Hilary Rhoda
    Mama > Miranda Kerr
    Mama > Scarlett Johannson
    Mama > Jessica Alba

  33. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    off to work, later assens!!

  34. FWIW

    Game #3 results after 2-0 lead

    When the team up 2-0 was:

    the home team for games 1 & 2(higher seed) = game 3 results 127-109 (.538)

    the visiting team for games 1 & 2(lower seed) = game 3 results 35-36 (.493)

  35. Rhode Island Ranger on


    Thanks for those stats. Where’d you find them?

    Can you find anything on how often teams win series after particular starts over the first two games? These numbers might be more useful in trying to determine the extent of the momentum factor.

  36. >>h. sedin, d. sedin.
    >>How does the NHL not promote that team?

    They already have their followers; hockey fans already know of them; people who don’t care about hockey still won’t care.

  37. ORR!! The Voice Of Reason!! April 15th, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    “This MSG summer commercial makes me want to break the windows on every fancy car I see, and piss inside it.” Orr or Charlie Sheens’s brother. If this is any indication of what you’re about you need to seriously get a life. What is the color of the sky in your world??? Nearly all of your posts make little or no sense. Why is it you pick on Avery all the time. In game two playing hardly any minutes at all in the first two periods and after our asshole coach played him for over 10 minutes in the last period he was clearly the best Ranger on the ice. Torts, says he been pleased with the way the team has been playing. What the freek game has he been watching. He’s on the same smack you’re on Orr. And, Carp, how come you didn’t report on Mr. Sunshine’s recent battle with the press prior to Friday’s night game as reported by Jessie Spector in the New York Daily News. I read that up here in Stockbridge , Mass where I’ve been saying for the weekend. I’ve been an avid Ranger Fan for nearly three decades and at times I really get upset at the bias and inequity. Blog sites do tend to become forms of social clubs after a while and that’s a shame. Carp, will you be at the game Wednesday night. I’ll be at the game with my wife and would love to meet you. Avery’s brother


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