Game 5: Tortorella post-game


John Tortorella:

About not being disappointed in this team, this season, regardless of the outcome:

“We’re still in a process. So we just keep on going. We try to get better. I think there’s areas on our team where we need to get better. So we continue to build.”

On the start:

“They had the puck. We had problems getting the puck away from them. You’ve got to give them some credit. I thought as the game went on we got better, still struggled to create scoring chances when we had opportunities. But, no, the first period, they took it to us a little bit there. But we only come out 1-0. We’re not hurt that badly. But, again, throughout the game, I thought we got better as a team, but we still didn’t create enough offense.”

On the games that got away:

“I thought the most important thing of the series was in the first four games, we have a lead (in three of them) in the third period, and we come out with one win. And there’s not many opportunities, against a team we’re playing against, when you have them there, just to get it done one time. So I thought that was a very key situation within the series.”

On Dan Girardi (who was hurt by a blocked shot, and later missed time with a finger that was disclocated and required stitches and a freezing injection):

“Oh. Girardi, his finger was all over the place. I think it was dislocated up over the knuckle. He’s getting his ankle x-rayed now. He’s a guy no one talked about in this series. He’s our best defenseman this whole series. He came back … I’ll tell you, high marks for him.”

Do they need guys who can turn one opportunity into a goal, as the Caps can:

“Well, I don’t think our team’s fully built yet. You’ve got to remember where the Washington team was for a number of years. You look at how their team’s built with their draft picks. So we’re not there yet, I’ll be honest with you. We’re not, as far as talent. We have to play a certain way. But again, we’re in the process and we’ll continue to build and continue to find our way.”

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  1. JimboWoodside on


    Glen didn’t sign any big free agents last July, and we had a dearth of offense all season long. I suggest that this playoff result will compel him to get back into the free agent market in a couple of months.

  2. 4generations 4 cups on

    Heart and Soul. Dont sign stupid Byfuglien free agents like Richards and get guys that can play smaller roles and let the talent on the inside build. Stepan, Sauer, McDonagh, Boyle, Prust have all had huge steps forward that are something to talk about. Even guys like Anisimov stepping up to play big minutes. We’re a better team for it and next year this team will be hungrier. They wont forget this loss.

    Thanks for the great coverage, Carp.

  3. JimboWoodside on

    One thing is for certain – he *won’t* be standing pat over the summer, nor should he be.

  4. Jimbo, there are NO good free agents this summer, save for Richards. Darth needs to re-sign his own RFA’s before delving inot the UFA pool.

  5. Rangers had a lot of positives this year; the rookies and a lot of negatives too: but-chin, ec and the wookie. Hard to watch today I’ve been a fan since the early ’70s but I picked the craps in 5. Who do you guys root for now? Maybe baby buffalos?

  6. 4generations 4 cups on

    Mickey, im not quite sure if this is the case, but he used the word ‘dearth’ as in lacking or not a lot ‘of’, not Darth as in Vader? I may be confused, but this may be the case too.

  7. Well, I’m disappointed that they didn’t put up much of a fight in the elimination game, but in my heart I knew before the series started that they didn’t have much of a chance. For the most part they played well and did it without their real captain.

    I hope Torts keeps Sather from going nuts over the summer trying to get a scorer by giving up the young, promising players. They need a first line center. In fact, they might need a second line center also. As good as Boyle was, he really didn’t do all that much in the second half of the season. I’m not sure if he reached his ceiling or if he’s still growing. Anyway, let’s enjoy the rest of the playoffs if you can.

  8. 4generations 4 cups on

    I can enjoy the playoffs knowing they made the race to the cup, other teams cant say as much..

  9. As long as the Rangers keep finishing in the 8-9 seed then losing out in the first round or two, they’re never going to get good enough draft picks to have homegrown impact players (i.e. 40+ goal scorers). Their only hope is to outspend for UFAs like Gaborik and Richards to fill in those high-end gaps around the heart & soul homegrown core guys.

    Unfortunately, UFAs pretty much never pan out the way you hope they would.

  10. BroadwayBlues on

    I personally would like to see Vancouver break the curse. I don’t think there’s anybody that’s overly talented in the east. The only reason why we couldn’t get pucks to the net is because Washington collapses the zone everytime and as a result you got 4 guys surrounding the net excluding the goalie. They need to re-sign Cally, Dubi, Anisimov, Sauer, and Gilroy. I’d let Boyle, Frolov, Fedotenko, McCabe, Eminger all walk and after next season I’d let Drury walk too.

    The Rangers are loaded with defensemen but have no offense outside of Cally and Dubi. If you could get 1 or 2 from Gabby every so often, you got lucky. I also think many of the guys they have on the back end are soft. As big as McDonagh and Sauer are, they’re not very physical players. Prospal played extremely well after coming back this season. Many didn’t think he would but I don’t know he’ll get re-signed next season. His contract was 2.1 mill as it stands now and he’ll be 37 next year. I think signing Wolski to almost 4 mill is a bad decision. I’d have let him walk.

    Anyone know what happened with Boogaard? I know he got hurt but is he still on the roster or was he traded?

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