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Tortorella on playoffs: “This is where your legacy is made”

May 12, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

John Tortorella is a big reason why this New York Rangers team has (seemingly) overachieved more often than not under his watch. Still, his fondest coaching memories likely came during his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, when he helped them win a Stanley Cup. Torts reflected on the effect big playoff wins can have, as he told ESPN’s Katie Strang.

“This is where your legacy is made, the playoffs,” Tortorella said.

Tortorella is notorious for … frosty press conferences, so his post-Game 7 spiel was relatively verbose. He shared his philosophy on home ice advantage (it’s “garbage” until Game 7 rolls around) and praised his team’s efforts in the third period, calling it one of their best.

Most Rangers players tempered their enthusiasm with the inevitable “we’re not done yet” caveat, but it’s pretty clear from the locker room and press conference commentaries that the Rangers are happy with their efforts.

One could argue that they’ll need a more consistent output in the Eastern Conference finals, however, as they’ll face their division rivals the New Jersey Devils, who are hotter and more talented than their No. 6 seed would suggest.

(They also have quite the legacy of their own.)

  1. comradeast - May 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Rags lose in 6

    Devils v Kings

    You can take that to the bank

    • brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      Show us the receipt for your bet or shut it!

  2. barkar942 - May 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    I can hear the call now- Game 7 in overtime- “Rangers have the puck behind the net, wraparound- STEPAN- STEPAN- STEPAN! AND THE RANGERS WIN”!
    (I am sure there are Ranger and Devil fans from ’94 that will get this).

    • challer9 - May 13, 2012 at 2:01 AM

      Yeah, no one is going to get that one, besides a couple Rangers or Devils fans. There’s no hockey fans on this board…right. Anyway, it would be “Stepan! Stepan! Stepan! Derek Stepan!” And he didn’t say Rangers win.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Iam a Flyers fan and I even know that one !” Step on my toe” is what I hope the communist jersey team gets !

  3. brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    The games will all be close, just as they have been. Just as the Rangers have played it all year. And somehow they keep coming out on top. They don’t flinch; they don’t worry; they just go out and get it done! LET’S GO RANGERS!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Flyers fan for 45 years here,,,, KRYPTONITE to the jersey style is KING HENRY ! They will be the ones frustrated this series by the GREAT GOALTENDER, KING HENRY ! They will get behind in every game of this series and will be chasing the RANGERS all series long and it won’t be a good chasing like against the FLYERS ! KING HENRY is exactly what the doctor ordered for the communist organization ! Ranger fans start decorating your BROOMS ! And another thing by the time this series is over Marty will look old,sweaty,and done !

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Iam a FLYERS fan and Iam rooting for the Rangers big time ! First off I can’t stand the communist like hockey organization from CENTRAL RED New Jersey with mister smell himself Lou Lamoriello ! They get away with their drone like personality because there is no pressure to fill the building during the regular season up there in the armpit of the state ! Now you will see the can’t afford Philly or NEW YORK camouflage baseball cap wearing, new Dodge Ram truck driving, bad suit front row behind the bench wanna b WALL STREET GUY fan filling the building ! Secondly KING HENRY will not let their flea bite offense ever see the back of the net ! Iam predicting 3 shutouts in this series for the KING alone !

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