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Highlights from John Tortorella’s predictably feisty press conference

May 9, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella’s press conferences have become a thing of considerable amusement, from their Cliff Notes lengths to the awkward tension in the air. After a notably flat performance from his team in a 2-1 Game 6 loss, one expected another bitter one – and Torts didn’t disappoint.

Really, his assessment of the Rangers’ unproductive power play following another high-sticking minor probably captured his mood for the game as whole.

“It sucked,” Tortorella said. “It kills you. It sucks.”

When asked about Derek Stepan‘s performance, Tortorella briskly declined to discuss any single player’s work. He simply said “No” when asked if the Rangers generated the right kind of effort in Game 6. Perhaps most memorably, he harshly responded to a strategy question from Pat Leonard by saying “Stop coaching, Pat.”

Ultimately, words can only do much to capture the uncomfortable glory of this press conference, so check out video of the full (and short) bit below.

  1. maalea - May 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Torts is a slappy.

  2. maalea - May 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    This whole I’m the smartest guy in the room bit is tired.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2012 at 6:49 AM

      I could not play for this guys just because of the faces he makes behind the bench showing up his players ! He needs to go and talk to Tom Coughlin !

      • cweez2 - May 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        Yup. That “WTF?” look behind the bench is getting old

  3. rg3isvictory - May 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Still very funny

  4. vindicatus - May 10, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Torts is a classless bum.

  5. bruins33 - May 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM


  6. thdrkpoet - May 10, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    It’s obvious that Tortorella is taking post-interview lessons from Jim Mora and Bill Parcells.

    • thdrkpoet - May 10, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      correction…post GAME interview lessons….its still early.

  7. fullbagg - May 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Why this guy isn’t fined after every interview, is beyond me.

    • pone27 - May 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Hes not doing anything illegal at all. He isnt critizing the league or officials.

      He is though, being a complete baby. Torts, youre a grown man and a NHL head coach. Dont act like you coach 7 year old boys soccer team. Sick of this guy. And yes, since I live in NY, I am stuck watching and listening to him alllllll day.

      • fullbagg - May 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        All league employees, in all leagues, are required to be present and answer questions. It’s real simple. His behavior is hurting the teams and leagues image. It’s one thing to have a bad interview after a game here or there. But every one? If the NHL allows these constant outbursts to be representative of one of their premier franchises, then they will never be taken seriously. Be a man. Face the music. Quit attacking a simple question of tactic. That’s the sign of a very insecure man.

  8. sjsharks66 - May 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    If they lose on Saturday will he even show up to do a post game interview? Will he shake the capitals hands? At this point, anything is possible.

  9. amonte13 - May 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    You know what sucked torts? Your coaching!! You play Feds and Mitchell on the PP when they each haven’t scored in more than a month. You staple Kreider to the bench even though you’d be playing golf on Sat if he hadn’t showed up in the Ottawa series. You overplay your best players to exhaustion, anyone notice McDonagh or Cally since the 3 OT game, and somehow that gives you the right to talk down to anyone that questions you? I’m a Ranger fan but I have a hard time rooting for this jerk.

  10. bobhpine - May 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    When this douche gets fired next season the NHL network will hire him and welcome him back to the media like nothing happened. Roger goodell makes bettman look like Neville chamberlain

  11. tonyromoisterrible - May 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Tort is a douche.

  12. tonyromoisterrible - May 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I am so glad to see Ranger fans on here trashing this classless fool. First time I have seen that out of NY fans. Thank you.

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