Michael Salfino at the Wall Street Journal gives us the Rangers' putrid offensive numbers in the playoffs under John Tortorella...
"Since John Tortorella took over the team in 2009, they have either scored one goal or been shut out in 13 of their 34 postseason games.
"That rate of nearly 40% is the worst among all NHL teams with at least 10 postseason contests during that period."
...i knew the numbers were bad, but wow, didn't realize they were that horrific.
...it truly is baffling how Tortorella has completely abandoned his "safe is death" strategy that led to a Stanley Cup with the Lightning. I know he probably couldn't have utilized that system with the line-up he inherited in 2009, but now that the skill level has increased why has he been so resistant to implement at least a taste of it? Yes, I know that kind of run and gun offense can backfire in the playoffs, but look at the alternative.
...what's also confusing is that the Rangers offense under Torts is predicated on the forecheck. And while they usually do a great job of that during the regular season, for some reason it is completely abondoned in the postseason. No pressure on the defensemen. No cycling down low. Nothing. It's an absolute head scratcher.
In a great piece at the New York Post, Larry Brooks discusses Tortorella’s mindset of trusting only a minimum number of players with critical assignments, even if those players aren’t necessarily at the top of their respective games.
...sadly, Brooks hits the nail on the head with this article.
As many know I don't like the coach - he's always been an enigma to me. That said he does occasionally surprise me and his knowledge of the game should not be underestimated. His strategy of playing down low has predictably created a huge gap in the middle which has led to the Caps easily penetrating our zone, and since he insists on collapsing his D rather than playing the puck hard we got trounced in game 3 and were lucky enough to get a W thanks to Hank. I think he will address that issue and play a much better game 4 - perhaps he got some faulty scouting report on Washington ( I haven't watched game 4 yet but we won!!!). Now this collapsing in front of the net? If we win and wind up with the Pens what do you think will happen if we try that strategy against Sid, Letang, Iglinia, Malkin and co. ??? It's ugly to think about
Sadly, these statistics should be the only reason why Torts should be fired.
That said, I am looking for a big, high-energy effort tonight out of the Rangers and a win. Let's go!
Stop talking about Torts winning the Stanley cup.It was a fluke and the Rangers will never win the cup with this clown.
I'll say it again, as long as this arrogant POS is coach the Rangers will not come close to winning a Cup. Please don't mention last year it was a fluke!
Ranger centers (all 4 of them) are not bangers. They do not play a physical game. They do not give hits and they do not take hits. When you play a physical game against the Rangers (or any other team) you take away the abilities of The Rangers' non-physical players. Hard-nosed physical play is what wins Cups......don't ask The NBC people ask Hitchcock, Sutter,Arbour and Keenan, Jones,Roenke Milbury(when they are off the Air) Ask the Sedin boys why they disappear in the playoffs every year?
We need more physical players to win the Cup.
Is there any reason why we can't bring the "Safe is Death" philosophy to this team starting next year? I know it would take a change of heart in Tortorella, but I think we're all dying to see what this team could do if we set our guys lose and stop the grinding game.
Richards and DelZotto certainly come to mind there. if we put both of these guys on the PP it's no wonder we're stagnant.
Caps have done a good job of neutralizing Nash,Stepan, Hags and Cally. No one else seems to matter out there right now. Zero secondary threats.
What we are missing is a healthy Staal on Ove.
The caps are vunerable. We can beat them
I think Sather either has to tell him to open it up a bit or its the end of the line. I hate to ask this but is Hank in love enough with NY to not bolt in his UFA year? I mean he's gotta hate this no support crap. Could you stomach seeing Hank in another jersey.
I like Torts because he has been a proponent of bringing "the kids" along but he has stifled the offensive creativity of this team and continues to play Richards in every big spot!!
It's never a fluke when a win a Cup u have to b a good coach cause its hard. We may never win aCup w-him as coach but he is a good coach who has a proven track record.
@Muggs62 We can still win with him. I don't like Torts either but it was no fluke last year. The players melded well with his system built for an undertalented overzelous team but he has failed to make the adjustments this year. It's not hindsight. I predicted this.
I could care less what Milbury thinks. He was a mediocre plater, mediocre coach,, & maybe the worst GM in NHL history. When a list of the worst trades in NHL history are made he has his own separate category cause he dominates the list. Between trading for the biggest mutt in hockey, his terrible draft record, & the awful contracts he gave out he set the Isles back10 -yrs!!!! They r just now recovering. So spare me the Milbury knows. He knows nothing & has never won a Cup. Same for Roenick who though he had a good career he underacheived cause he was a selfish guy who was hated by many of his teammates, cause he was self centered egotistical, talked/partied too much, & too often didn't play hard. He never won anything & played for what 5-teams?
As for needing physical centers to win a Cup, how bout Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman, Francis, Datsyuk, Crosby, I could go on & on w-examples of teams who had non-physical centers & won Cups. How bout the team we r playing? Riberio & Backsrtrom r far from physical yet they r up 2-0 on us. We have deficiencies, lack of physical play is not one of them.
@EHBIGAPPLE We need more players who can score. We have more than enough physical players who are not getting it done.
@EHBIGAPPLE you described Brad Richards. Brassard lays out plenty of hits, and he's taken plenty to make plays. Same with Stepan, he's more than willing to take punishment. Idk where you got that our centers are weak.
@greyskies67 you're better off trying to set the ocean on fire than getting Torts to change his stupid gameplan.
@Lordstanleybroadway And some pretty solid defenders. Let the boys play.
@chrisD No one is touching Ovie. One thing we need is to have someone like Clowe lined up against him, someone capable of being very physical and knocking Ovie off his game a bit.
@chrisD The issue is that we aren't playing any other guys that need to be neutralized. I can just imagine the Caps game play "what are we going to do to stop Asham, Pyatt, Powe, Boyle, and Dorsett." Answer: "just skate past them."
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I would cry if he left the rangers. I'm serious. But I wouldn't blame him.
I wouldn't blame him and I'd root for him in any jersey ..... Well may not any jersey - maybe he could land in San Jose ...... Anywhere but Pittsburg, Philly, NJ, or Long Island
@ThrSage Thanks for clearing all of that up for me!
@PenaltySh0t @EHBIGAPPLE Also Zucc made quite a splash in game 3 with a couple of great passes. At center Boyle has stepped up his hitting finally and Stephan plays in your face even if he isn't punishing players. You need the right balance of players to win, the right combo of hard-nosed grit and talent/speed..
Obviously we'd still have feelings of loyalty to him but it would be gut wrenching. I'm pretty sure we lock him up, but the guy loves to win and we haven't really given him a great shot at that.