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Tortorella post-practice

Posted By Carp On April 18, 2011 @ 3:36 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 41 Comments

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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