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Tortorella: Rangers need “to have a short-term memory”

May 22, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

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New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella was relatively verbose after his team’s 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, detailing the “struggle” the Blueshirts dealt with and also hammering common bullet points such as puck possession. Overall, he seemed to follow the Bill Parcells formula of being optimistic after a loss and harder on his team following a victory.

“I thought we gained some traction as the game went on,” Tortorella said. “I’m very optimistic. I still think some guys are close to getting their games. I don’t think all of us are there. But as I’ve said all year long with this club, when you get in these situations … they always find a way to find a good game. So I’m truly confident we’ll answer it the proper way when we play our next one.”

There’s a growing sense that the Rangers simply play better hockey when things are more urgent. They stepped their games up while coming back from a 3-2 deficit against the Ottawa Senators and played terribly in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals before shutting them down in Game 7.

New York has been effective in back-against-the wall situations, which means they’ll be tough to kill off but must face the threat (or at least incessant questions) about fatigue. Either way, Torts’ positivity hasn’t been misguided so far.

  1. tonyromoisterrible - May 22, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Torts is a real piece of crap with all of his antics.

  2. biffnasty - May 22, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Coach of the year

  3. cruuuzcontrol - May 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    The Devils did a fine job of taking the Rangers out of their game plan early with Henrique goading McDonagh into a fight. Maybe the Rangers were just too fired up, because it’s unusual for a guy like McDonagh to do something like that. After he left the game for 5, the Devils drew first blood. Del Zotto had to take on a bigger responsibility and he went all 2010 Del Zaster on us.

    Scrub it off, back on the horse for game 5. Contrary to what the prevailing story line will be today, the series is not over. Every time a team gets a win, in rushes the respective fan base to declare the series over. We’re only halfway there… This series will go to a 7th game. Count on it. And what happens then will be anyone’s guess.

  4. cruuuzcontrol - May 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Apologies, I screwed up my sequences… The Devils were already up 1-0 when McDonagh and Henrique danced together. But I stand by my point about how it impacted the rest of the game.

  5. bdfools - May 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Rangers are 0-7 this postseason with a chance to take a two game lead.
    Odd numbered games: 9-1
    Even numbered games: 1-7

    At least they’ve been consistently inconsistent.

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