December 7, 2015 |
Columbus head coach John Tortorella said he did not have to say a word to Scott Hartnell after he benched the former Flyers winger on Friday night. Tortorella posted the Blue Jackets lineup sheet on the wall of their Wells Fargo Center dressing room before Saturday's game against the Flyers. Hartnell was back in. The coach's message was delivered. "He was pissed that he sat out," Tortorella said. "When I first came here, he was our most effective player. With his personality, with his work habit, everything about him was the way that we wanted to play.
June 26, 2013 |
VANOUVER - New Canucks coach John Tortorella was surprised the subject of his famous temper didn't come up in the first question of his introductory news conference yesterday. But he didn't get angry or yell. The 55-year-old Boston native admitted his reputation needs some work, and he vowed to improve it as he attempts to give Vancouver a long-awaited Stanley Cup title. "This is the mess I put myself into, and this is the mess I'm going to get myself out of," he said. The Canucks hired the fiery Tortorella as the replacement for Alain Vigneault, the winningest coach in franchise history.
May 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - John Tortorella was defiant in stating that the New York Rangers didn't take a step back when they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round. General manager Glen Sather thought otherwise and fired the combative coach yesterday. The fiery Tortorella was let go 4 days after the Rangers' season ended with a Game 5 loss to the Boston Bruins. New York had reached the Eastern Conference finals last year. "I came up with the decision that I really needed to do something to improve our team going forward," Sather said during a conference call.
May 9, 2013 |
THE KEY MOMENT of the New York Rangers' Game 4 win over the visiting Washington Capitals might have occurred off ice between the second and third periods. New York had squandered a two-goal lead and the momentum in the second. But a fortuitous power play after the buzzer set up the Rangers to grab it all back. And they did. Dan Girardi made the most of Jason Chimera's interference penalty, scoring the go-ahead goal 59 seconds into the third. That led to New York's 4-3 victory last night that tied the best-of-seven series, 2-2. "We've done better as the series has gone on," Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
April 12, 2013 |
MATS ZUCCARELLO had little to celebrate six games into his second stint with the New York Rangers. The 5-7 spark plug had no goals and two assists in his return. Demanding coach John Tortorella noticed and wasn't pleased with the lack of production. On Wednesday, before the Rangers took the ice for the back end of a home-and-home series with Toronto, Tortorella called out Zuccarello, saying he needed to score - in games and in shootouts. The message got through in a hurry.
April 11, 2013
Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the host New York Rangers overcame another two-goal performance by Toronto's Phil Kessel to beat the Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Wednesday night. The Rangers moved back into a tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference. Zuccarello, called out before the game by coach John Tortorella to score more, connected in the second round of the tiebreaker against James Reimer. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all three Toronto shooters. Bruins edge Devils Gregory Campbell scored twice in a three-goal first period, and the visiting Boston Bruins regained first place in the Northeast Division with a 5-4 victory over the reeling New Jersey Devils.
February 20, 2013 |
IN THE long, storied Original Six history of the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, the latest chapter will hardly be remembered fondly - by anyone. The Canadiens, however, left Madison Square Garden as the happier of the teams after they rallied to gut out a 3-1 win Tuesday night that stretched Montreal's winning streak to five and ended the Rangers' run at points at five (4-0-1). "I thought it was probably one of the worst hockey games I've been involved in. Both teams," terse Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
February 8, 2013 |
JT. MILLER SCORED his first two NHL goals and then cautioned everyone not to get used to it. The teenage rookie found the net twice in his second career game to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders on Thursday night. Miller, however, said setting up others is really more of his game. As long as pucks go in, the goal-starved Rangers will gladly take offense from anyone. "I am more of a playmaker," said Miller, who won't turn 20 until March.
May 25, 2012 |
Ryan Carter scored his third goal of the playoffs late in the third period to boost the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday in New York. Zach Parise added an empty-net goal. New Jersey has a lead of three games to two in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is set for Friday at New Jersey. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Sunday in New York. The winner of this series will play the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
May 23, 2012
Practice for the New York Rangers went from optional to mandatory. Their attitude shifted from agitated to optimistic. For the third straight series, the Eastern Conference's top-seeded team is all even through four games, and each time New York has headed into Game 5 off the disappointment of a loss that would have given the Rangers a commanding three-games-to-one edge. The negative view would be that they can't handle prosperity. The positive outlook is that the Rangers have a knack of bouncing back.