...God I love Torts press conferences. Although, I didn't like him going after Sam.
...good point by Torts that not everyone is playing right now. No idea why that is, but Torts better figure out how to motivate these guys.
Here's the players reaction to the loss...
...he'd never say it, but you can tell Hank was frustrated with his teammates for not getting the big goal in the shootout.
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On the shootout, I was really surprised to see so many guys go with the quick wrist shot, glove side, on a goalie who literally had just come in to the game. Would have to think intuition would be to get him to move because he's still somewhat cold.
Torts made a good point too on the injury to Anderson, watching the replay, a split second after Kreider slides through the crease, the puck comes the other way and just barely misses the posts. If Kreider isn't tripped and is standing at the top of the crease, he has a good chance at redirecting that home.
Has anyone considered that maybe these guys just don't want to play for Torts anymore? We can't blame fatigue. With the shortened season each game means more. Yet, we are just not seeing it from the team. Mc Donough and Girardi were animals last year. Cally works hard and has scored some big goals and Hagelin is putting in the effort, but the lack of consistency is abysmal. We see glimmers here and there, but the energy level is erratic. Maybe the loss of Dubie and Prust is more than anyone anticipated. Dubinsky's goal scoring had diminished but night after night he was willing to stand up for his team mates. And the Prust/Boyle/DelZotto handshake after a win displayed how much fun they were having together. Of course this is the NHL so maybe they think if we just make it into the playoffs we can make a run...Or is it Torts?
It's looking like this is the beginning of the end for Richards....Hope I'm wrong but he's looking old and slow
@johnnyb3910 In terms of that shootout, I was really surprsed at how many players just missed the net, there were probably 4 on each team.
Also, the Rangers definitely should have gotten their second before the Sens won it, but I really feel that Lundqvist could have had Silfverberg's shot. I thought it was a bad goal, trickling in off his glove. But again cant blame him for letting one in.
@award I firmly believe Torts is one of the better coaches in the NHL but he needs to look in the mirror and ask himself, are we coaching these guys the best way possible. The PP has been non-existent since he got here and yet refused to bring somebody in to specifically coach the PP. He allows his gigantic ego to get in the way of seeing what everyone else sees. His style of coaching will wear players thin over a period of time as will his bullying tactics. I choose to believe the players like playing for him but this is NOT last year's team. He needs open his eyes and make some subtle changes to their approach in games to better suit this year's team strengths. He won't win trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
@award There is ZERO chemistry in the dressing room and that handshake is a perfect example of that. The guys who were there last year have the chemistry but the new guys don't and thats a big problem. You could see how much they all enjoyed playing together last season and how much of a family they actually were. Maybe 24/7 was a big part of seeing that maybe it wasn't but they just dont look like they are having a good time.
@Dudeinski Not sure is it's the beginning of the end for him but he was been absolutely terrible! Soft doesn't even begin to describe his game. I counted 8 turnovers alone by him in last night's game
@RyanMC @award I said before that starting in Europe and then going right on the road during the MSG renovations really forced last years team to build chemistry. They spent over a month doing nothing but riding on buses and planes, staying in hotels and eating meals together. This season they get all the time at home to own restaurants and model for clothing lines. Torts is right, a lot of these guys lost their focus when they were allowed to float around during the lockout and do whatever.
As for playing for Torts, I don't like the theory, but I can see that, too. Two games in a row the team seems slow and uninterested. You know Torts is laying into them in the dressing room, but clearly its not sinking in, other than for maybe 2nd intermission yesterday.
@Dudeinski @DanW My point being that he needs to sit out and realize that he isn't untouchable. He has zero focus on the game and instead of focusing on hockey during the lockout he promoted his new clothing line which is an absolute joke. Moving to NY from Tampa and making 7 mil a year has completely gone to his head after having a big first year here. He thinks he is untouchable and that is counter productive to any athlete. Thats my point.