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Game 4: Tortorella post-game

Posted By On April 21, 2011 @ 12:46 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 79 Comments

John Tortorella:

“We turned one over. I mean, we give them two free ones. Mac turns one over and we lose our coverage on a back-door play.”

On the GWG:

“Hank’s ready to tie it up. It’s just a fluky goal.”

On Lundqvist stretching with cramps:

“He’s fine. He’s fine.”

On whether there should have been communication between Gaborik and Lundqvist:

“I just, yeah, I guess so. It’s just a nothing play that turns into something. Obviously something pretty big.”

On Lundqvist’s 49 saves, including the Ovechkin breakaway:

“Yeah, he played very well. He played very well.”

Did he sense that the Rangers tightened up after the first Capitals goal:

“Yeah, we did. We did. And, to McDonagh’s credit, after that, I thought he stood in there and played really well after it. It’s something that a young kid may struggle with. But I thought he played really well. Then they surged on us and we watched a little bit. It’s a play we’ve talked about the whole series, as far as they whipping pucks to the weak side. Michael (Sauer) leaves the front of the net and Dubi just isn’t ready for the play. On the third goal we do a really good job killing the penalty of and they get a shot through, and I think it hits Johansson in the chest.”

What was needed at that point? One big shift, two big shifts?

“I think we had plays, we could make some plays. We stopped making plays as it went on, when they’re there. And we did. We struggled a bit. We looked nervous and I thought we gathered ourselves but it’s one of those situations where, you know, we felt better after we got through it and got to the overtime. I think we gathered ourselves. But we still had chances to make plays and we didn’t make enough when they were there. And we get beat by a goal that, it’s really a nothing play. Hank’s ready to tie it up and Gabby pokes checks it.”

“We’ll be fine. We’ll be fine.”

On the 0-7 power play:

“Yeah, it’s a struggle. We killed their power plays off, too. If we can wash them out until our power play gets going, we’ve got to continue trying to kill their power plays off. It’s been a struggle. We’ve tried a lot of different people. It just hasn’t worked. So our penalty killing has to be that much better and stay with it until we find a way to score a power-play goal.”

“Losing an overtime game in the playoffs hurts all the time. But our team will bounce back. We can’t look at the hill. We’ve just got to look at the next game here. We’ve been right with them. And we’ve got to find a way to win one hockey game and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

“When they get the second goal we know it’s going to be a grind. They did. For a few minutes there they surged on us and we didn’t control ourselves. ┬áThe tough part, I just think we give them two free ones. You can’t give that team two free goals. We did and it cost us.”

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