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John Tortorella is a real comedian

May 23, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

Yesterday when we heard about John Tortorella talking about praying for offensive success it kind of made sense given how much of a hard time his Rangers have had putting the puck in the net. When in doubt seek a higher source, right?

Turns out Tortorella is just a regular Louis C.K. on the side. During this morning’s meeting with the press, Tortorella was asked about his confidence in his offensive players to score goals and decided to make sure we were all in on the jokes.

“I have total confidence in our players. Again, this isn’t a new experience for us as we go into tonight’s game. So I have total confidence,” Tortorella said.

“I know I used that word ‘pray’ yesterday. It was a joke. There are a lot more important things to pray about than a win or a goal. So can I clear that up, please?”

The comment got a laugh out of reporters, but things have been so bad offensively for the Rangers that some might’ve taken him at his word about asking for divine intervention. With Martin Brodeur in goal and the Devils pressuring with an intense forecheck it might take an act of god to bring a plague of goals.

  1. polegojim - May 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I like Tort more and more every day….

    Disgusts me to see/hear sports ‘victory’ prayers… as if the opponent is automatically ungodly and NO ONE on their side could possibly deserve a victory.

    I can see Moses lined up against Peter and both praying for victory… one was helped to part water… the other to walk on it… who would God help to win?

    “Sorry Moses, it’s just not your day… I’m going with Peter on this one…”

    • cerealrapist - May 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      You realize those people probably aren’t real and none of that stuff happened, right?

      • polegojim - May 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        I just saw John Tortorella and have personally watched those types of prayers live.

        I’m sure they exist.

      • kitshky - May 24, 2012 at 3:01 AM

        Ha …

        I love how the greatest debates, eternal questions of existence, and the unanswerable curiousities of man can be immediately resolved by simply looking at an internet message board.

  2. biffnasty - May 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Yet another reason why Torts will be crowned coach of the year.

  3. barkar942 - May 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    “There are a lot more important things to pray about than a win or a goal.”
    Like his little buddy, Liam.

  4. homerx - May 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Does it surprise anyone that the focus has been on the Rangers goal score or ‘lack thereof’? last time I checked the Rangers have outscored the Devils 10-6 in the series, yet you here no talk about the Devils being shut out twice.

    I guess the expectation s for the Rangers are just that much higher.

    • screenjam110 - May 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      hmmmmm, where did you see those numbers again?

      • homerx - May 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Ooops, typo. Either way you get my point. Take away an empty netter for each team and why is the focus on the Rangers again. Anyway, can’t wait for tonight.

        Game 1 – 3-0
        Game 2 – 2-3
        Game 3 – 3-0
        Game 4 – 1-4

  5. cerealrapist - May 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    10 to 6…. Give or take a goal here or there.

  6. stakex - May 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Lets not credit Martin Brodeur tooo much for the lack of goals by the Rangers in this series. Pretty much every goalie the Rangers have played against has looked like a super star…. even Craig Anderson had great numbers against the Rangers in the first round, and hes not a brick wall by any stretch of the imagination.

  7. drewsylvania - May 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    All I know is, every time they show Torts’ face onscreen I want to slap it.

  8. crazemastercraze - May 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    i think the same people who like tortarella think the cast members of “Jersey Shore” are talented entertainers

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