Tortorella post-practice


John Tortorella:

What was better about the power play, other than that it scored?

“What was better? Not much. We score a goal. That’s what’s better.”

On Dan Girardi’s growth:

“When I first came here, I was calling him Joe Girardi, no lie, for a whole meeting. … but he is one of the more underrated players in this league, I’ll tell you that right now. With Staal and him, I think Marc sometimes gets a lot of the notoriety. Danny wasn’t drafted and all that stuff. But he’s a good player. He continued to get better.

“He’s got balls as big as the building as far as what he does — the shot he blocked on that  3-on-2 and the guy came in late, that’s a huge play. And he moved the puck very well. He is one of the most underrated players in this league.”

On the crowd being behind the Rangers:

“You’re always looking for momentum, you’re always looking to try to get some confidence. It’s always nice to play in your home building. So you try to — and that’s what I thought Boyle’s line had a very important shift in that first period. I thought they got the building going and started revving up a little bit. You have to do your business. You can’t depend on all that stuff all the time. You have to do your business. But you gain momentum that way and hopefully Wednesday night we an get it cranked up again.”

On Avery’s two games:

“I think in the minutes he played last night he was pretty consistent as far as getting in on the forecheck, getting around the net, finishing his checks. That whole line when we put it together in the last game, they’ve given us some energy. Sean’s biggest asset is his legs. If he starts thinking he hurts himself. He just needs to go play and use his legs, and he’s a very effective player.”

On Prust’s play, other than losing Ovechkin on the goal:

“He does a lot of little things people don’t see. He struggled a bit defensively on a couple of rushes that we’ll look at tomorrow as we try to get better here. But he’s in on the forecheck. You either have Fedotenko there with those two or it’s Sean. It’s always been an effective line … in playoffs I think that’s a very important ingredient to have, that type of line.”

“You get everything out of him. He looks ugly as hell sometimes skating but he seems to get there on the forecheck. That was a great deal for us, picking him up. He’s one of our top penalty killers, he does a lot of the grinding and the little things, he has I think five or six short-handed goals this year. Playoff hockey, it’s new to him. We forget that, and I think he’s handled himself pretty well.”

On effectiveness vs. Ovechkin, who has four points, but one shot on goal in Game 3 (a goal):

“I think our defensive pair has done a pretty good job, but if you’re going to contain him, it needs to be a group of people. He stays out there so long, it’s not always that defensive pair, too. So it’s just being aware. You’re not going to stop him completely. He’s too good of a player. It’s just trying to limit him and, again, it starts with the defense, it starts with some saves by Hank, too. But it’s going to take a group of people to stop some of their forwards. They’re that skilled. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of defending so far in the series.”

On Lundqvist’s play:

“You’re not here and you have no chance if you don’t have really good goaltending. I think the players’ mindset, they know they have that. I don’t think Hank was that busy yesterday, but he made a couple of key saves at key times. It’s just like we talk about, in playoffs it’s a big play at a key time, and it may not be a goal, it might be a defensive play, it could be a blocked shot by Dan Girardi, but inevitably, as a goaltender you have to make a key save at a key time and Hank certainly did that yesterday.”

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  1. Stranger Nation on

    new rules on hattie – must have more than 5 words in at least 2 of the message – ; P

  2. I must agree with Torts that Dan (Joe) Girardi played a heck of a game to add to a heck of a series. He has been much better than I expected.

  3. Girardi gets way too much shyte from Rangers fans. He does make a bad play here and there, but who doesn’t?? Not just on NYR, but every player in the league. Try watching some hockey, he’s not the only one who makes mistakes. Nobody’s perfect.

    He *is* a valuable player. Definitely underrated, as Torts said. I don’t get why so many NYR fans want to trade him.

  4. Carp-
    It looks like Prust may be fulfilling your wish and becoming a bit more of an agitator. I know he’s gotten under the Caps fans skin for sure. If he and Avery can continue that Heckle and Jeckle, 1, 2 punch and Boyler keeps doing his thing and keeps bringing it to the net, that line is looking good.

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Joe girardi and Jordan staal both have huge balls… I mean it… Having seen all 4 of those balls ….. Huge.

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

    I have been meaning to watch that, vincent cassel is one of my favorite actors (watch La Haine if you have never seen it). I will def check it out soon, thanks! Have you seen district B13 or D13U (mindless action, but pretty good)?

  7. Stranger Nation on

    I do not want to trade Girardi – just think he is not a first pairing Dman. IMO – move Sauer up with Staal and Girardi with McD. This will allow Staal to jump into play and have McD’s skating to make up for Girardi’s limited range.

    They are blaming the Ovi goal on Prust lack of back check but watch replay and see where Dan G is during that sequence. Hint – he is closer to the water bottle than the King.

    Torts on Aves – when he doesn’t think he is good – nice complement – HA!

  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I heard Sarah, the moron, palin wants Joe giradi to be a keynote speaker at her next tea bagger convention… Largely due to those giant balls.

  9. Is it me or does the Avery-Boyle-Prust (aka The Pest Line) remind you of a reverse “Bash Brothers” from the Disney Ducks movies? I say reverse, because it is the Rangers smaller guys who are more physical.

  10. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jim dolan announced to today that Joe girardi’s giant balls will be used to help renovate the garden, dolan said “why use a crane and steel ball, when we have the biggest set of balls under contract already”

  11. That’s great news. I always wanted his balls to have a big impact on this city.

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Anthony – I thought the BAP line was a good name, but the Pest Line much more fitting.

  13. Stranger, throw Sour Power, or McDonut up there, and they wont look the same.

    Remember, the majority of their shifts are against different players, as opposed to Stahl-G which are against the top lines.

    It wasn’t long ago that Girardi looked like Sour Power and McDonut in his first few years. That’s because he wasn’t facing the top lines of the NHL.

  14. “The BAP line – greatest line of all time…”

    just don’t become the missing persons APB line

  15. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    NHL on the fly is reporting that it wasn’t Chara’s shot that broke cally’s ankle…. In the shower after the bruins game, Joe girardi accidentally dropped his giant balls on cally’s foot….

  16. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    All this talk about Girardi’s nether regions is making me a wee bit uncomfortable.

  17. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    Hard to plead guilty in a civil case…but I’ll float the idea to my boss.

    Then, after I get fired, can you write me a job recommendation?


  18. Girardi is a very good defenseman and yes, he does make boneheaded plays (like any other player). He is a huge part of this team right now…

    I agree that he is underrated. But, I think he is one of the few tradeable assets that the Rangers have and can afford to lose for a true upgrade up front. I think he would bring back alot in a trade. He is, at least, a very solid 2nd pair d-man. I would not cry if he was traded for top-six forward talent. Just my two cents…I’ll leave it to Glen…

  19. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I hereby Noah, plead guilty to all civil disobediances on behalf of my no good, stinking, filthy, rotten, lousy client.

    Dear potential new employer of Noah – the purpose of this is to share with you noah’s interest and excellent qualifications regarding the position of partner in your firm. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.


    Eddie Eddie Eddie

  20. Boyle and Prust = Dick Dastardly and Muttley

    Dubi = Walt Podubbinski

    The bigger the ‘stache the better the game.

    Now if we could only get a “Lanny McDonald look” on Stepan.

  21. I think it’s UNREAL though. How can you think that hit is illegal? How can you think the league would care after Torres got ZERO games.

    More complaining from the Caps. They lose one game and they start assuming total annihilation. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

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

    You guys have a great day, off to work…later assens!

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