Browsing: John Tortorella

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135 Break-up day: John Tortorella Part II

First, I think youse all saw that Chara, Lidstrom (does he ever stop?) and Weber were named finalists for the Norris Trophy. ——————- More John Tortorella: I asked him about the “identity” he’s so often spoken about, and if that’s something that is now in place, and if the team…

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74 Break-up day: John Tortorella, Part I

The coach came in and, this time didn’t sit down. He said he’s not going to give us 45 minutes like he did last year because he said too much and got into trouble for saying it last year. Then he went nearly 40 minutes again, and pretty much answered…

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13 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…

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17 Game 5: Post-game quotes

Start with these. John Tortorella to follow soon. Marian Gaborik later on. Marc Staal: On the power play: “It’s a big part of it. you need your power play to produce some offense. We were pretty stale all series long, so … “They had a good start. We kind of…

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447 Game 4: The day after

I had to make a decision today. Take care of some personal stuff I’d been neglecting before going to Washington tomorrow … or go to the practice facility to hear all the cliches about winning one game, taking a shift at a time, etc. And after sifting through some of…

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389 Capitals 4, Rangers 3 (2OT): Game 4 in review

Here’s the bad news. Teams trailing 3-1 have won 23 of 240 series in history (9.6 percent). Here’s the good news: Twenty-one  of those have happened since 1987, including twice last year. And the Capitals did it to the Rangers in 2009, and had it done to them by Montreal…

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79 Game 4: Tortorella post-game

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.”…

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300 I’ll talk Rangers on WGBB-1240AM at 9:20

Just wanted to give youse a heads-up that I will be barking about hockey  and the Rangers on the New York Sports Exchange show with Eric Mirlis and Derek Wasiak on WGBB 1240 AM on Long Island at about 9:20 tonight. The show airs from 9-10. For those out of…

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75 John Tortorella post-practice

Here is my column about Bruce Boudreau’s whining, etc., from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. John Tortorella: I asked him about what Fedotenko means to the team, for the column I’m writing: “He is a guy that, he’s been good. He’s been good in the series. He does all…

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41 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…

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254 Rangers 3, Capitals 2: Game 3 in review

I just wonder what we’d all be saying today if the Rangers hadn’t gotten two fluky goals. I’m just saying, sometimes we judge a game and how it’s played only by the score. More to the point, I’m not taking anything away from the way the Rangers played yesterday. I…

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114 Game 3: Tortorella post-game

Sorry for the delay. Had a lot of work to do. First, it was learned that referee Chris Rooney, who left the game early in the second period, suffered a broken ankle. John Tortorella: “We scored some goals. I don’t think we did much different. I thought we got to…

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23 Tortorella pre-game

Not much news. Same lineup. Eminger and Zuccarello prucha’d. Quotes from the coach in a bit, and some from Bruce Boudreau as well. John Tortorella: “Same personnel. Emmy and Zucc will be out.” On whether the Capitals have taken runs at Staal: “Oh, well, I’d do it. That’s part of…

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247 Tortorella post-practice

John Tortorella: “Going in today, I know that they don’t have any doubt. They’re fine there.  Today was just move the blood and get ready to play. It’s a quick turn here, playing a 3 o’clock game tomorrow and we go right back at it.” “We hope (the home crowd)…

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70 Post-practice quotes

John Tortorella said he doesn’t anticipate lineup changes in terms of the 18 skaters … but that he’s contemplating his lines and his power-play personnel. If I don’t have time to transcribe his presser I’ll link to video from it. From a room with far, far too many empty lockers…

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151 Capitals 2, Rangers 0: Game 2 in review

Two-nothing and two-nothing. Nothing being the important word. Are the Rangers done? No. Not yet. In the playoffs, what happened yesterday doesn’t matter one lick today, and we saw evidence of that in the first period of Game 2, after the Rangers lost in OT in Game 1. They were,…

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475 Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT): Game 1 in review

Wow. Pretty good Game 1. I’m sure you weren’t thrilled with the outcome, and sure you weren’t thrilled with the play that decided it. Thoughts: 1) I thought Marc Staal and Dan Girardi had some strong game, with loads of minutes, taking and doling out lots of punishment. Alex Ovechkin…

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221 Post-practice quotes

Marc Staal: “Playoffs, special teams is always a huge component of trying to win a series. It’ll be big, coming up this week. We obviously pay attention to defense in our own zone and make sure we do those things properly to give ourselves chances to score. It’ll be interesting.”…

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43 Tortorella post-practice

Will have Tortorella quotes shortly, followed by a few player quotes. Then later on we’ll have details on two contests — the predictions contest and the Second Bi-Annual Boneheads/Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest Extravaganza, Picnic and Parade. So bear with me. —————– John Tortorella: I asked him (for my column…

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82 Tortorella post-practice

Hey, John Tortorella quotes to follow shortly. Not much news today, other than next season beginning in Stockholm, and the Rangers signing Carl Hagelin and sending him to Connecticut (AHL), which still hasn’t been officially announced. Here’s some news, though: I think the Bi-annual Paul Mara/Boneheads Playoff Beard Contest Extravaganza,…

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