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John Tortorella is the master of the one-liner

May 1, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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We’ve been fascinated watching how Rangers coach John Tortorella handles the media through the playoffs. His answers have been short, his demeanor has been gruff, but after handling the media after New York’s Game 2 loss to Washington, he’s effectively proven he’s the master of the one-liner.’s Chuck Gormley got to see the man in action himself and summed things up as efficient as Tortorella likes to keep his pressers.

On if more open ice resulted in more shots in Game 2: “I don’t know.”

On his decision to switch top-line winger Marian Gaborik for rookie Chris Kreider in the third period: “Don’t ask me about my moves. I’m not going to give you that type of information.”

On if anything has to change for his team in Game 3: “That will be between the team and I.”

This might be frustrating for reporters looking for more elaborate answers to their questions, but for the casual observer, seeing a coach be as combative as Tortorella go to war like this multiple times a day it’s fascinating to watch.

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  1. murtdurt - May 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Torts is also master of douche baggery

  2. vshehane - May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    He sure gets a lot of sniveling and whining done in one line.

  3. cosmo83 - May 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Obviously “The Rat” doesn’t like taking questions.

  4. acieu - May 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    “Masterbatery “

  5. ron05342 - May 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    This guy really just rubs me the wrong way. Insulting, arrogant beyond belief, rude.

    Do reporters really enjoy being around this POS?

  6. bag217 - May 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Torts must be the first coach to ever do that. Great story.

  7. biffnasty - May 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Coach of the year!!!!!!!

  8. renberg19 - May 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    You call it “master of one-liners”
    I call it “responding like a child”

  9. teaspoon1731 - May 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I’ve read a lot of articles about Tortorella and his press conferences, as well as other coaches. I don’t understand why we care. Why do we expect a coach to explain his game strategy during the playoffs? Doesn’t that give a leg up to the other team? Yeah, Torts is kinda behaving childish, but don’t you remember when your parents would ask you every detail of your life when you were a teenager? They needed to know where you were and who you were with, but they wanted a full play by play. Torts should be expected to report on injuries and who he’ll play from game to game and that’s it.

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