This morning, John Tortorella briefly spoke with the media and said this about his team's chances in Game 3 tonight (via Washington Post)...
“I think we’re close, I’ll put it to you that way. But it means squat if you don’t win.
“I think [the games have] been a hell of a lot more even than a lot of other people think,” Tortorella said. “But it really doesn’t matter. We need to win a game. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the other two, we need to win a game and that’s all we’re thinking about.”
...close to what, winning or finally scoring again? Because, in case Torts forgot, his team has to find the back of the net in order to claim victory.
...and I completely disagree with Torts' assessment that the games have been played evenly. Sure the scores have been close, but if not for Lundqvist, the Rangers are blown out of both games. The Capitals have been much more aggressive and physical than the passive Blueshirts so far. Hoping that Clowe and the Garden crowd help change that tonight.
I agree w-Torts we were close in both games. In game-2 If Nash's puck goes in instead of hitting post we all would have a different perspective. We would be saying though we were outplayed we did what we had to do. We gutted out a win on the road & got a split. Again though outplayed Lundquist was once again the best player & we said he had to be for us to win the series. Unfortunatly it didn't & we r all frustrated cause the lack of goals. As for Game-1 w-the exception of the first 8-minutes & a 5-minute stretch we thoroughly outplayed them. If Hags buries that breakaway its 2-0 & a totally different game. Plus Hank gave up a bad goal which rarely happens & on Johanson's goal though it was a breakaway he could have had it . Throw in Hags post in 3rd period & Moore's goal which we all know was in & its a game we should have won. So I agree w-you we were outplayed in game-2 but we r close. I am confident we will win tnite then we will see what happens in game-4
hes close to being out of a job i think, and he should be gone. hes not a stats kinda guy. he goes off of his feelings. dumbass better not play lotto...
I said it in the other thread, but they should be handing out those "Stay Positive" shirts to all the fans tonight. I don't know if its the arena, or the NBC feed, but games 1 and 2 the Caps fans sounded insanely loud, and they went nuts for the stupidest little thing. And i think its gets in the opponents head. When you take a wrist shot and despite it hitting the goalie in the chest the place goes insane, that's got to help momentum.
I actually agree with Torts, but this team needs to play with some reckless abandon. If they had played the 3rd Period of Game 2 with the same kind of desperation they played the 3rd Period of Game 1 with, I think we could have gotten the W. Granted we could have gotten blown out, too, but there are no "Losers Points" in the Playoffs. LIke Herm Edwards said, you play to win the game. I hope they play to win tonight.
Watch for Dorsett tonight, we need him to bring the edge Prust brought us last year. Funny thought about the PP. They never looked better than they did on the trade deadline day when they popped in 3 versus the Pens with no practice time together. Just shows that they may be over-coached on the PP. When the team played with more instinct they were off the charts. Torts has to re-evaluate the way the PP is set up, something is getting lost in translation.
if the Rangers get swept, and they very well could (I really hate to say that), Torts could and probably should be the first to go
Leaving for the game at 5! LETS GO RANGERSSSSSSSSS. wont be able to provide some sound commentary tonight :) Lets hope they win, and are able to find the back of the net early and often.
Close to what? the freaking golf course? I don't trust anything he says. The rangers didn't do shit to prove they're "close" to winning, they were held to 17 minutes with no shots. how's that for "close"?
no more excuses...Nash and Richards need to deal with the pressure and start finishing...not interested in how many shots Nash has...it comes down to HOW MANY GOALS
Hopefully... But not very likely !
I was at that game & it was Brassard who was instrumental in 2 of those. Brassard is a highly skilled player who is inconsitent but should absolutely be on the 1st unit of the PP. I guarantee he would create and/or some PP goals. He just needs some more PP time.
U guys really think Mess would make a good coach? I love the guy so I would love to see it but great players rarely make great coaches!!! GM's yes but not coaches....would love to hear why u think he would be a good coach. Give me morethan the "cause he is a winner or leader" cause it takes more than that.