During his post game press conference after yesterday's 1-0 overtime lose, John Tortorella was asked about his team's anemic power play...
"We're just too stagnant. We're just almost paralyzed."
...no offense Torts, but the power play has been "stagnant" and "paralyzed" since you've taken over. What we saw yesterday was no different from what we've suffered through during Torts' four full seasons with the Rangers. It's gotten so bad I'm not even focused on them scoring anymore, I'm just hoping to see some shots on goal at this point.
...different personnel have come and gone, so I refuse the blame the players. There's no movement, no traffic in front and no threat from the point. It's inexcusable for a power play with Rick Nash and Brad Richards to be this bad. Absolutely disgusting that after all the futility these years, Torts has refused to change things up. Putting in a new system in the middle of the playoffs isn't ideal, but what the Rangers are doing (or should I say not doing) obviously isn't working. Something has to change.
...when Torts is watching tape of his team's power play today, maybe he should fast forward to the part when the Capitals have the man advantage and see how it's supposed to be done. Right now tweaking the Rangers power play isn't enough. It needs radical reconstructive surgery.
The Rangers are currently being shutout on the power play (0-for-6) this series by a penalty kill unit that was 27th (77.9% success rate) in the NHL this season.
...coming into the series, we were all concerned about how the Rangers were going to stop the Capitals power play, but I guess the focus should have been on fixing their own.
...and btw, because the power play is so bad, there will not be a post today, at least not from me, about the non-delay of game call on the Caps at the end of regulation. Ask yourself this, do you really think the Rangers would have scored on the ensuing power play? Exactly.
In Torts' four full seasons with the Rangers they've gone 172-for-1024 (16.8%) on the power play or as I like to call it...terrible.
Here's video of Tortorella's entire post game press conference...
This whole one-liner response to questions Torts doesn't like is so old. When your team is struggling like it is, you should be answering questions that the media and the fans want answered.
There's nothing to hide. everyone knows Tort's system and clearly he's not changing it. When you're making the kind of money an NHL coach is making, part of the deal is you deal with the media. You don't need to give away the game plan to respectfully respond to the questions he's being asked.
This isn't as important as what goes on during the game, but the disdain with which he carries these press-conferences is obnoxious. Obviously, this isn't a problem if your team is playing like champions, but right now the Rangers are not and some questions should be answered.
Just remembered something, we all know its HAWKS PENS in the final so why are we even playing these other games!
Coach is just part of the problem, execution is what's most important - and to Torts; credit he actually added a second play to the power play in April, I guess it took him half a season to realize that all the other teams kind of knew exactly how to play us. Problem is the Caps know both our plays. come on Torts, give us a 3rd alignment for our power play.
th epower play sucks because they try too hard. it's had good moments so it's not incapable, there's too much pressure. like i said, don't think just play.
guys come in here, and have great games, then they adapt to the system and suck balls. so how about the coaching staff just tell them to do two things, have fun out there, and be competitive, forget about pressure, (three right?). simple stuff. take the puck to the net, don't allow them to do it. be creative. stop thinking and react naturally.
Dave Maloney commented on the radio broadcast that Torts juggles lines to jumpstart the team, yet the personnel on the power play remains the same.
Hank is not going anywhere. Where would he go and get the attention he gets in NY? What team is going to lay down their body to block shots for him all the time? Hank is very good but he ain't all that great. He looks better when the team blocks shots for him, otherwise he lets in softies!
It is time for a new coachig staff.This one did not,do not and will not work. When something is not working it must be fixed. Too meny talented players to be just floundering. Torts. and Sullivan must go the day the Rangers are aliminated which probably on Wednesday of this week.
Anyone else see Hank bolting NY when his contract is up? The guy is heroic in the net and too many times his offense lets him down. Not just this postseason but in previous ones as well. He signed a 6 year deal in 2008. Perhaps he sees his Cup future outside of NYC. I wouldn't blame him.
I don't know what to think! I highly doubt every player has "lets stay still and not move" in their heads, but if Torts has a problem with it it's probably not a coaching problem. How do you fix it?
In regards to the non call, the reason why a penalty wasn't assessed was because the player batted at a bouncing puck. The rule clearly states that the puck has to be shot of batted over the glass DELIBERATELY.
As far as the PP goes, maybe Tortorella will switch things up by putting Boyle or Pyatt on the point?
steven? who da fuk is u? us islander fans is goin 2 takes da whole mudder fu'kn ting dis year kiddddddddddddd.
Enough with this cown, he is one excuse after another. try telling the truth GENIUS it's you and your idiototic line changes and the use of only half the bench that's the reason it will be one & done! Notice he never takes the blame it's always the players not him or his lack of a plan.
Yeah, fix it. Just like that? Well, unless Torts has a magic wand in his back pocket that he's chosen not to use all season, this train wreck ain't getting "fixed" anytime soon.
Maybe torts can fix the fact that his system had 40 goal superstars looking to cycle the puck behind the net every play.
only way it gets fixed is if sather ever gets us a dman that has a booming shot from the point, we have too many guys that think pass first, n are always lookin to make the perfect play, not much any coach can do, without a bigtime shot from the point, we have too many play makers manning the point, richards, step, zucc, zott, who think pass first
@PenaltySh0t I would tell the coach to completely scrap whatever strategy you're trying there and choose a different angle. Pull out someone else's playbook.
It's been the same shit for so long. They've been using the same bad strategy for years., I see a lack of movement and long shots that rarely, if ever, make it to the net. I've gone as far as to claim that I could coach a team of pee-wees to hold back a Rangers power play.