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Rangers’ Tortorella: ‘Worst we’ve played all year’

Feb 1, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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There must be something about The Big Apple that brings out the best in the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring, James Neal gave the Penguins a two-goal cushion and Simon Despres put it away in the third period, as the Penguins rolled to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers.

While the Penguins celebrated, the Rangers lamented.

New York’s head coach John Tortorella called Thursday’s loss, “…probably the worst we’ve played all year, collectively.”

The Rangers were without their captain and leader Ryan Callahan, who injured his shoulder two nights ago in a fight with Philadelphia Flyers forward Maxime Talbot.

“It doesn’t matter who’s in there,” Rangers blue liner Dan Girardi told the New York Times.

“I know he brings a lot of energy and finishes a lot of checks, but we have guys that can do that as well in the lineup right now.”

Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for his 48th career regular season shutout.

“I think we knew Tomas is a very good goalie and he has pretty good numbers,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma told

“He’s been a starter. We knew were going to get a guy who can come in and win games, win big games for us, and he’s done that twice in this building. He had two or three big saves that he had to make. He was great.”

It’s as if the Penguins can’t lose at Madison Square Garden, or to the Rangers for that matter.



  1. vindicatus - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Did the Rangers win the Stanley Cup yet? When’s the parade for the “best team on paper?”

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      They’ll have to battle Vancouver for that title

  2. mrpigs - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Eat a puck you kook! The media can say what it wants, don’t act like NYR players or fans by into that shhh, get a clue loser

  3. barkar942 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    That game had more whistles than a tea kettle factory.
    Malkin scores early, and the rest of the game was ice the puck, offsides, hand pass, hit the cameraman between the bench with a puck in the head, watch Cindy whine cause DelZ had the nerve to check him, watch Cindy interfere with Lundqvist, and watch Cindy slew foot Gaborik.
    As for anyone else on the ice, the zebras sucked, and the Blueshirts forgot to set their alarms and were really still sleeping from their afternoon naps.
    Worse game I have watched in years.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      We agree on one thing – the refs were horrible. But the refs didn’t cost NY anything…the Pens got just as many bad calls as the Rangers.

      Not sure what game you were watching for the rest of your thoughful insight, but one thing is for sure – it doesn’t seem like you were able to take your eyes off of Sid all night. You sound like Giroux, for gad’s sake…everything comes back to Sid. Boooooooo Hooooooooo….

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Talk about everything coming back to Crosby, every other comment you make somehow relates to Giroux. He was asked a direct question about his surgically repaired wrists, he gave an answer. Being a Pens fan it’s beyond hypocritical to accuse others of whining. That being said, the Rangers weren’t given a disproportionate amount of penalties. If they could hit the net instead of the post it could have been a different outcome.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Actually I did kind of set myself up for that retort. I feel shame.

      • pensfan72 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Umm guess you missed DelZ putting stick between Crosby’s for the can opener. Wow you Crosby haters are blind to everything others do to him, but point out everything he does wrong.

  4. cavafox - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Barker, you sure whine a lot about nothing.

  5. franchisethighs - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Franchise is still on pace for 45-3. Led by a stable of purebred Clydesdales. Geno Sour Cream Pringles with the game winner less than 90 seconds in, typical stuff for someone who is so used to winning championships. Not like those whiney rags announcers. They really lost all hope and dignity after the brilliant deflection by that head and shoulders model. Don’t forget the breakaway that Sid felt sorry for Lundy and missed on purpose. Marc Staal threw a hissy fit on Pringles cause he got beasted off the puck by a champion.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      “Hissy fit” is an excellent way to describe it. Staal mauled him with his stick before tackling him and they call offsetting minors? Gimme some of whatever they were on.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      haha I absolutely despise your comments but this is funny.

  6. johnstone17 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I was working so I had to listen on the radio. How about staying out of the penalty box as a start!

  7. jonkchar - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    lol Geno Sour Cream Pringles?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Dude, don’t. Just let it go.

  8. sportsfan69 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    With all due respect to Coach Tortorella, you been OUT coached again. As for Lundqvist, he’s looked below average. In every game so far this year, the opposing team goaltender has out played him. Even in the last Philadelphia game. Rupp, Asham, and Boyle should be scratched for the next few games. In fact, Rupp needs to find J.Shelly’s jock strap or retire. He’s just taking up space on the bench.

    As for Rick Nash and his $7.8 million salary, 1 goal (in garbage time) 5 assist might explain why he belongs back in Columbus. The team lacks chemistry, depth, and the desire to work hard throughout the game. The opposing teams don’t fear the Rangers anymore. The NY Rangers defense has been marginal at best. Can anyone else score other than Gaborik? It’s embarrassing. Can someone find Stepan and Hagelin? They may have been Kidnapped, because their game has been lost on the ice.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      I agree with everything except the word “anymore”. The opposing teams never feared the Rangers.

  9. sportsfan69 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Hey Rick Nash, did you watch James Neal in the game last night? That’s how you score goals. Just skating around and shooting the puck into your defensive zone is not going to score goals.

  10. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Not the strongest effort out of the Blueshirts I’ve seen but good teams can occasionally put up stinkers… that happens.

    Takeaways on the Rangers: They’re still a good defensive team but I begin to wonder if they have a bit too much invested in shot blocking? By definition if you’re emphasizing shot blocking you’re not putting as much emphasis on closing out on guys and stopping the shots in the first place.

    Takeaways on the Pens: Good to see that the team of the last 5-7 days is not indicative of this team’s true character. Very solid performance. Also happy to see a great effort out of Vokoun – I think he and Fleury are going to be a very solid tandem this year. I don’t think they’re Elliot and Halak but it’s nice that they can split up the time and focus on bringing everything they have night in and night out.

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