After being a healthy scratch in Philadelphia due to his paltry offensive output, the last thing Mats Zuccarello wanted to do upon being re-inserted back into the line-up Saturday night in Detroit was this...
If Torts was still running things, Zuccarello would have surely been Bickel'd to the bench for the remainder of the game. Thankfully for Zucc, Torts is patrolling the bench up in Vancouver and AV is a much more forgiving man. Because in the third period, we all became thankful Torts was handed a pink slip this summer, when "The Hobbit" did this...
Here's Zuccarello on turning around his recent struggles (via New York Post)...
“I had lost too many pucks down low, I tried to be stronger on that,” he said. “I tried to be smarter out there and play my game.
“I put pressure on myself to do well. It’s something you think about at nights. Everybody goes through it, but you have to stay positive.”
...while I always appreciated the accountability Torts demanded, I felt he took it too far at times with his benchings, which were counter-productive as it kept players from being able to redeem themselves.
...all a player can ask for is a second chance after a mistake. Which was granted to Zuccarello, who rewarded his coach with a hard working, clutch goal.
...there's been a lot of criticism of AV's hands off approach (including from myself), but by allowing the Zuccarello the opportunity to get back out there and make a play instead of being a spectator for the remainder of the night, the Rangers head coach might have jump started Zuccarello and the Rangers season.
I'm not so sure Torts would have benched him for that one - a turnover like that? passes hits legs sometimes, it is inevitable and happens several times during a game. Maybe it was ill-advised? but I don't think so - the replay is hard to see but it looks like just an unfortunate bounce on a quick pass that happened to hit a leg. Then the defense committed too soon, then the defender went to the open man so knowing the puck carrier had to shoot it was kind of a rookie mistake on Talbot to let that shot through on the short side. It was a team error, not just Zucc. Still players are accountable for their turnovers but if it didn't end up in the net it would have been forgotten by the 2nd period. His goal however was amazing, wish the big guys would be cruising the net as well to get to rebounds and loose pucks. Hope to get Zucc off that 4th line - he should be either top 9 or press box.
He proved himself and is still playing on the fourth line, where as Pyatt proved himself worthless and is playing on the third line, I don't get it!
John Tortorella no longer coaches the NY Rangers, nor will he do so in the foreseeable future, Can we just let go of all the comparisons? Torts had a good run here, by most accounts he lost the locker room and it took him getting fired and going as far away as possible from NY to change his approach a little. Good for him. Criticism of AV is fine, but stop comparing him to a guy that won squat in NY, particularly after only 9 games. Clean slate....grab it!
So true. With Torts back there, we don't score that goal. I think (er...I hope) we'll look back at this game as a major turning point in this season. We have to follow it up with a strong performance in the home opener. And we need to get healthy.
@Hotfreak Nice catch! Thanks.
@Betweentheworlds Well analyzed.
@JMK8363 Parros from his hospital bed!
@gravey94 Because of the vast contrast in coaching styles it's very easy to make comparisons. I assume they'll become less and less as the season wears on.
@JohnSikulaIII apart from the stupid penalty he had a pretty good game on saturday...
@JohnSikulaIII So true. What does AV think that Pyatt has done to possibly deserve to be on this team?
@FREE MASHINTER @gravey94 Even though they have very different styles and temperaments (and it's too early to know this yet) AV seems to have the same qualities which made me dislike Torts as a coach - that being stuck in their own thinking and being less then adaptable in the fastest and most changeable game on the planet.
We;ll see as the season moves on but don't be surprised if I start quoting Roger Daltry soon: "meet the new boss. same as the old boss"