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Tortorella on Caps Game 5: “It’s a kick in the gut when you lose because it happens so quickly.”

May 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

We’ve had fun with John Tortorella for being so brief with the media throughout the playoffs. After last night’s incredible Game 5 comeback against Washington that saw the Rangers win 3-2 in overtime, the usually curt Tortorella offered up a little bit of insight.’s Chuck Gormley gets Tortorella’s thoughts on what it does to a team to win and lose in the way things played out last night.

“It’s a kick in the gut when you lose because it happens so quickly. And it’s pretty exciting when you win because it happens so quick.”

The Caps are saying all the right things about how guys like Braden Holtby will handle losing in such a gut-wrenching way. The Capitals have handled losing overtime games just fine in these playoffs as they’re 3-0 in the game following an OT loss. Losing might be a kick in the gut, but it seems to be forgotten just as fast as it arrives in D.C.

  1. cweez2 - May 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    They got two sentences out of Tortorella? I thought he turned into a pumpkin if the press conference went more than 20 seconds.

    • donjean - May 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Torts needs to lighten up. His abrasive ness is starting to wear thin.

  2. bobhpine - May 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Fascinating…what a douche

    • oconnor007 - May 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      For saying that when you lose in the playoffs in OT it’s a ‘kick to the gut’? What’s douchey about that?

      • grimlock410 - May 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Well how the hell else would it feel? Great? You get no argument from me that He is a great coach but He is also an ass.

      • danphipps01 - May 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Apparently we’re not going to get much of an argument out of you about why he’s an ass, either. =/

  3. mike0987 - May 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    say what you want about torts… he’s a great coach… that cannot be argued.

  4. swizope82 - May 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    He may be a good coach, but he also has to be professional win or lose. Dale Hunter was a PROFESSIONAL last night…

    • brian32556 - May 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Calling a baseball swing to the head of Hagelin and “accidental” high sticking? Yeah that was accurate, doh! Love or hate Torts, he takes care of his players but calls a spade a spade. (BTW this is not an ethnic slur and refers to an Olde English translation of Greek verse.)

    • bgn1987 - May 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      ask Pierre Turgeon if he thinks Dale Hunter is a “professional”

  5. biffnasty - May 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    A good coach? More like Coach of The Year!!!!! Nice work Torts!

  6. brian32556 - May 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    The key to the Rangers success last night was the desparation they showed on the two power plays at the end. Whereas most times they lolly-gag up the ice like they have all day. Put as much emotion in the PP as we do in forechecking and the PK!

  7. hockeyfan763 - May 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Ask Pierre Turgeon how professional he thinks Dale Hunter is.

  8. hockeyfan763 - May 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    sorry bgn 1987 missed your comment,

  9. stakex - May 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    You know, last nights game reminds me a lot of when the Rangers lost to Buffalo a few years ago in the second round. That was when Drury scored for Buffalo with 7.7 seconds left in game five of a tied series to force overtime, and the Sabers won the game. This time around it was the Rangers scoring with 7 seconds left in game 5 of a tied series to force overtime, where they won.

    I also remember that the Rangers, who has actually been the better team in that Buffalo series, looked awful in game six. They simply were unable to recover from that mental blow. That doesn’t mean Washington won’t be able to this time around, but its going to be very hard.

  10. ravenscaps48 - May 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Turgeon Hit was what? 25 Years Ago? DROP IT!!!

    • danphipps01 - May 8, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      No. He was a career dirtbag as a player, why the hell should I ever stop judging him for those actions just because they weren’t recent?

  11. tonyromoisterrible - May 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    It’s amazing to me that there wasn’t a 4 minute minor for the high stick by Del Zotto but that’s the way things seem to go for the Caps which pisses me off.

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