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Rangers lead NHL in bench minors, Tortorella calls it ‘stupid’

Feb 13, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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After getting dinged for too many men during the second period of last night’s win over Boston, the New York Rangers now lead the NHL with six bench minor penalties through the first 12 games of the year.

To put that figure in perspective, it’s more bench minors than 14 other NHL clubs — Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Florida, NY Islanders, Ottawa, Dallas, Anaheim, Carolina, St. Louis, Buffalo, Toronto, Colorado and Pittsburgh — have combined.

For another perspective, here’s Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

“Another too-many-men, huh?” he said following Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout win over Boston. “No, I don’t want to expand on it. It stinks, what do you want me to say.

“It’s stupid. It sucks. It’s brutal. I can use a lot of different things.”

All six of New York’s bench minors this season have been of the too-many-men variety, which is a very odd development given the discipline the team has shown in years past.

Last season, the Rangers only had seven bench minors through 82 games, 10th-fewest in the NHL.

To be clear, Tortorella wasn’t putting all the blame on his troops for the lousy changes.

Reports claim Torts was yelling at Anton Stralman following the whistle for too many during the Boston game, but suggested he wasn’t pleased with the linesman for making the call and not giving leeway to the Rangers on a dump-in.

In the future, we suggest Tortorella take the Marc Crawford approach to dealing with this situation:

Once the players hear that, they’ll never make a bad change again.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    of all the coaches i think torts would be the most angry about something like this, would hate to be on that bench after a too many men call

  2. mclovinhockey - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    “It’s stupid” it is stupid not to know how to count to 5 ; )

  3. nosefacekillah - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Torts was screaming at the linesman. He looked angry enough to kick the dog. But the replays clearly show 6 skaters on the ice and none in transition to the bench.

    I think Torts should be angry about their third period collapse. King Henry bailed them out again.

  4. Stiller43 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    How about you adjust to the way they call too many men? Everyone else seemingly has

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    This is just from memory and I’d love to know if stats would support it: Back when teams somehow got by without a legion of assistant coaches, I recall far fewer too-many-men penalties (the classic Cherry’s Bruins took being the delightful exception).

    • jkay1818 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I agree with you and this fails mainly on steve sullivan, he is way too involved on the rangers bench and staff. Between the too many men penalties and the way he draws up their PP, it can make someone scream.
      It’s about time they zap some power away from Sullivan.

  6. hockeydon10 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I was watching that game and at one point one of the coaching staff literally grabbed a player’s jersey to prevent him from getting onto the ice too early. I’m not sure it can be pinned on just the players or just the coaches. Seems like both are a little bit to blame.

  7. johnstone17 - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    When you are going on the ice, you need to know who you are replacing. Very simple stuff.

  8. pwilson264 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    they really need to address this problem, too, too, many bench minors, it hurts getting scored on from a power play, but it hurts even more when it,s from a stupid bench minor. come boy,s wake the freak up.

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