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Tortorella has “tremendous amount of confidence” in Rangers

May 23, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

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New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella admitted that Game 5 was a “tough one” for his team to lose to the New Jersey Devils. He was fairly positive about his team’s chances of bouncing back from that 5-3 loss and 3-2 series deficit, though.

“We’ve been through it before,” Tortorella said. “It’s a hard one to lose the way we lost tonight, crawling back into it, but we’ll go through our day tomorrow. We’ll regroup. And, again, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in how we’ll react to this.”

Perpetuating that confidence and positivity, Torts was emphatic about the Rangers being able to take some good things out of that tough defeat.

“Sure, you spend some time when you’re struggling in the game and learn from your mistakes,” Tortorella said. “You can also spend some time with some of the good things you’ve done to get ready for our next game.”

So far, the Rangers have shown the ability to roll with playoff punches. They came back from a 3-2 deficit against Ottawa, bounced back from an awful Game 6 against Washington advance thanks to a great Game 7 output and now must win two games in a row against New Jersey.

Tortorella seems positive that this team can grind out yet another series.

  1. stakex - May 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Well the Rangers were the better team in a game for the first time in this series, so it makes sense he would have some confidence in them. Also, its not often Lundquist is going to have such a bad night, and the Rangers showed a lot of heart fighting to get back into the game, even if they lost steam in the end. If they play like this on Friday, and Lundquist doesn’t have another off night…. this is def going to go seven games. If that happens, all bets are off.

  2. jasaik - May 24, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Stick a fork in them

  3. nyrangersfan - May 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    It’s ’94 all over again. All we need is Callahan to Guarantee a game 6 victory and the Rangers will win. I do believe they’ll pull it off, no one plays harder under pressure.

  4. tonyromoisterrible - May 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Devils close this thing out tomorrow night. Queen henrik gives up 4 goals in a 4-1 devils domination.

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