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Tortorella looking ahead to Game 3: “it simply comes down to a little bit of will and a mindset”

May 17, 2012, 2:34 PM EST

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Seriously, does this guy ever stop talking? Rangers coach John Tortorella was rambling away again in today’s conference call with reporters. Key quotes are below.

On the positives he saw from his team during last night’s 3-2 loss to New Jersey:

“To be honest with you, not many. I thought we played some minutes in the second period, found a way to score some power-play goals. But other than that, we didn’t play enough minutes.”

If sitting certain players during games is meant to send a message (Note: the reporter never specifically referenced Marian Gaborik, but given Gaborik barely played the third period, it’s pretty clear what this was about):

“Some guys when you just don’t think it’s working, they don’t see the ice or they don’t get the minutes. So those are decisions that we make every game. You guys like calling them benchings and all that stuff, but as coaches we’re trying to find a way to win a hockey game, and we make decisions accordingly.”

On what the Rangers need to do Saturday in Game 3:

“I think there are some corrections in our game we have to make, but I also think at this time of the year I know everybody likes talking about adjustments. But it simply comes down to a little bit of will and a mindset.”

On how his team can score more goals:

“I think we’re looking to get more consistent offensively, at least with our forecheck to develop some offense going into these two games here in the series.”

On limiting distractions as the playoffs progress and more attention is paid to the team:

“We’re concerned about our locker room. We’re trying to close that down and just take care of business ourselves there. We really don’t spend too much time worrying about what you guys are speaking about, and that’s certainly not trying to be disrespectful, but we certainly don’t. We have a lot of things that we have in our room that we have to fix, that we have to deal with, and really block out all the other stuff.”

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  1. cuffhimbanano - May 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Not sure about the players, but Tortorella is definitely showing signs of fatigue. Even his smirks from the bench after every call that doesn’t go his way are not as strong.

  2. brian32556 - May 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    “Seriously, does this guy ever stop talking?”
    ====
    Seriously, aren’t you the same guys who say he never talks to the press!?

    Make up your minds – do you want to hear from him or not? Or better yet, who the f@*k cares what YOU think anyway. He’s the brains, you guys can’t even get simple scores straight!

  3. zachap - May 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Better question, do you guys ever stop talking about him? Why are there so many stories on this coach?

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