Carp’s in transit home from Ottawa, with a layover in the city that brought you last night’s mystifying call on Ottawa’s second goal. I’m here in his stead, although John Tortorella was pretty short in today’s conference call.
The coach had “no comment” on Milan Michalek’s kick of Dan Girardi during the aforementioned goal. (Brendan Shanahan is investigating, according to the Ottawa Sun.) He also had “no comment” on Chris Neil’s threat that he would catch Michael Del Zotto with his head down. I guess it’s not worth sending out another check.
Tortorella did comment on a few other items: the improved play of Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider and what it means to play the first Game 7 in the Garden in 18 years. He was asked what his thoughts were on the latter and they were simple: “My thought is to win it.”
Here’s Tortorella’s thoughts in full…
John Tortorella:[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/20120424 torts.MP3]