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“I focus on the dumbness of Hagelin,” Tortorella said. “He played a hell of a game, but that’s all washed out by the dumbness.”
...got to say, I don't like seeing Torts come down so hard on Hagelin. Was it an undisciplined penalty? Sure, but it shouldn't take away from the monster game he had. Guy was flying out there. Easily his best performance of the year and I'd rather see him gain a ton of confidence from it instead of getting down on himself because of his head coach publicly calling him out.
...it's amazing how much more fun it is to watch these interviews after a win than a loss.
Wow how does Gaborik not get ANY blame for the too many men? He needs to skate his ass off the ice and not just glide...in fact I'm pretty sure most of these too many men penalties are caused by the player half assing it to the bench.
I've never been an NHL coach, but one thing I've always heard is that the penalties they despise most of all are the Too Many Men on the Ice penalties. They are utterly preventable and just show a lack of concentration by the players involved, or even the coaches. It doesn't help any when the team scores on the ensuing PP either. If Hags had taken a tripping penalty or something, I doubt Torts would have said much about it. Hearing Hags in the interviews, it sounds like he got the message. Water under the bridge. 2 more points on Thursday!
In Torts' defense, he is coaching under the stress and reality of a shortened season. Were this game 6 of an 82 game season, I could see him taking a softer approach, focusing on the positives while using the length of a normal season to mold his players (especially the younger ones) in an attempt to minimize mistakes.
This is a luxury he cannot afford in such a short season when the mistakes that were made could cost a game. And since each game's importance is magnified by the shortened season, I can understand his hard-line approach. These aren't teachable moments. There just isn't enough time.
I agree with you guys - it's not right. Hags played well for the most part. he was back checking and forechecking affectively. One bad penalty and he's treated with complete disrespect in public.
When Boyle took the misconduct a few games back Torts says " he needs to shut his mouth, its a dumb undisciplined penalty" or something like that. Berate Hags for taking a bad penalty in a close game but don't say he's dumb player. not Cool
This is the NHL you don't get participation trophies he's a professional. That was the worst possible penalty to take at a crucial point in the game. If you score a hat trick and lose 4-3 on a stupid penalty you did nothing to help the effort. Kevin I agree with alot you have been a blog follower since the beginning. I have played this game for over 20 years on many levels dumb penalties wash all the good you do no matter what.
Torts was never like this. He always said things would be handled in house. I hate the public humiliation. This is a bad job by Torts.
Maybe he wasn't watching the same game we were? From my couch I thought he did a great job!! He was a large reason we were as successful as we were last night. Way to go Hags!
Too many men on the ice is sloppy... I think he could almost deal with all the other stupid penalties they get. But when you take one like that. Where you can actually control it. That's where he gets a a little pissed..
Have to say Hagelin, Stepan and Gaborik just took some horrific penalties last night that "could have" cost them that game. I don't blame Torts for being upset. They should blow out Philly with the lineup that they are putting out on the ice. Instead they hung on by their fingernails.
@gravey94 Woot! Woot!
@bioinsegnante I hear you. Torts should be upset and this isn't Hagelin's first undisciplined penalty of the year, but I hate Torts calling him out publicly. Got to keep that in the locker room.
@bioinsegnante should have won 5-1. Also hags really needs to get a goal soon to build his confidence... what is it 35 games now
@ChrisP For me or Torts?