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Tortorella on Sabres loss: ‘That team was ripe to be beaten’

Mar 12, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

Earlier this season, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella refused to praise the Montreal Canadiens after they handed his team an ugly loss. On Tuesday, he bashed his team while mocking the Buffalo Sabres (who won 3-1) in virtually the same breath.

The fiery coach seemed especially surly in the press conference following that loss tonight, which you can enjoy in the video below.

Well, at least he (kind of) complimented the Sabres’ third line.

  1. 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    John Tortorella, the very model of graceful defeat.

  2. 950003cups - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    They need to call Drury. See if he’d rather play hockey instead of making pizza pies.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      maybe Drury can replace Torts….. just for press conferences that is. But! Wait! We would miss out on Torts great communication skills if that were the case….. (sarcasm)

  3. bcisleman - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    You know, John, maybe your guys just aren’t that good. Maybe Buffalo is better than you give them credit for being too. He was a little cruder, but Torts’ comments were just as unsportsmanlike as Oates’ comments after the Caps lost to the Isles.

    • stakex - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Or perhaps his team, the far better team, played a simply awful game…. one that really couldn’t afford to play? Thats far more likely, since Buffalo isn’t better then anyone gives them credit for. They really are that bad.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        I’m thinking the Rangers might just be that bad under Tortorella. Perhaps he should be let go.

      • 950003cups - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Rangers were the better team? Let’s see…

        How much better?

        A) Rangers are clinging on the the 8th seed along with Winnipeg.

        B) They are now 5 points ahead of the Sabers in standings.

        C) If i recall from watching the game correctly, it was the Rangers who were playing the last minute in their own zone blocking shot after shot (with the extra man) so the score wouldn’t be 4-1.

        Better team? Really Tortsy? Really?

        Rangers are in for a rude awakening for years to come. Aside from Nash, who really is the game changer there? Gaborik has his moments, and Richards is totally disinterested. The strange thing is, Columbus is the team who improved in the Nash deal. Rangers got worse.

  4. ron05342 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I am thinking that John Tortorella is in the wrong line of work.

    He would be much better as the White House press secretary.

  5. domdogsbk85 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    hahaha speaking the truth they did suck. But seriously buffalo won move on, rangers are not in the position to be saying they should beat anybody till they start playing more consistently. That being said they haven’t really played that well at all to my eyes and there still 13-10-2 and right in playoff position. Patience with this team is the virtue, they have the parts to win no excuses. lets go rangers

  6. 950003cups - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Coach Tortellini needs to admit it was him who didn’t prepare his roster for the game. The roster is fine.

    Hey Coach Fonzarelli!! You should’ve threw a water bottle at a fan. That would’ve got your boys playing!!

  7. r8rbhawk - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    For those that didn’t see the game, Vanek’s goal tonight was a thing of beauty. Pominville’s picture perfect pass gives Vanek a semi-breakaway, Vanek skates right, shoots left and roofs it. Loved it, and I am not a fan of either team.

    • stakex - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:23 AM

      There was also terrible defense on the play. I didn’t even bother to look at who it was, but the Rangers defender pretty much ignored the play until Vanek was behind him. If the defense simply steped up, the play might not have happened.

  8. President Charles Logan - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I’d like to see Jack Bauer interrogate John Tortorella sometime .

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Or John Scott.

  9. nicknyhc - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    The Rangers-Canadiens game mentioned was hands down one of the worst hockey games I’ve ever watched. I don’t think too many fans of either team can say that was an exciting or well played game.

    Tonight’s game was similar though not as bad. I think most Buffalo fans were just happy to get the win. 0/5 on the power play, gave up a short handed goal, and played with little to no zest or energy. Definitely not an ideally played game for the Sabres either.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      you know. you’re right. It was far from the Wings vs Hawks game we recently saw. But! No time to squabble about how you win because all that matters at this stage is the W. And Mr. Torts and the band of Rangers better start to increment their total of Ws. Otherwise it’s going to be a long off season.

  10. barkar942 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Torts summed it up. The Rangers sucked, and Buffalo was ripe to be beaten.
    Would you prefer he sits there and talks for ten minutes of hot air bs about how they played?
    He speaks the truth, and he does it succinctly.
    No one likes it any more when someone says the truth. Everyone is so brainwashed that we all must speak with political correctness and give trophy’s to horrible losers (to make them feel better about themselves).
    Thank you , Mr. T, for speaking like a grown adult should.
    Signed, A Ranger Fan.

    • stakex - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:32 AM

      Thats exactlly right, and so was Torts.

      Sure, I’m a Rangers fan and don’t like Buffalo all that much but the reality is the Rangers were simply awful tonigh and thats why they lost. Not because Buffalo played a good game or anything. Buffalo played, what for them, was an alright game… but with the talent the Rangers have, how well they have been playing of late, and where they are in the season they should have walked all over them in their sleep tonight. Instead they played awful, and lost a game they shouldn’t have and couldn’t afford to.

      The funny thing is, Torts statement is far more a dig at his own team then it is at Buffalo… yet most people are too thick to understand that.

  11. President Charles Logan - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    He was rude to Sam Rosen for gosh sakes lol, Sam’s has been around for like 30 years with the Rangers TV networks, uncalled for , period.

  12. betrayedbylife - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    tortorella is the disappointed dad of the nhl. the one who makes you feel terrible for disgracing him, telling you you brought shame to the family.

  13. ihatethejets23 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Classy as usual.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Classy? Very original.

      You should try incorporating the use of the word “gutless” into your rhetoric as well.

  14. theagitator1691 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Perharps instead of sucking Torts try blowing.

  15. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Stop crying and passing the buck. When your team has/bought a ton of talent and your team still sucks … it’s a COACHING issue.

  16. tfaltin - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    The only player who was noticeable on either team for more than 1 shift was Marcus Foligno, and arguably Vanek. As far as coaching goes, Michael Haley with Stepan and Callahan for the entire 3rd period? That pissed me off to no end. If you want to throw a grinder out there, but in Pyatt, not a kid who couldn’t even score at the AHL level.

    • ocleze - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Honestly, I was impressed with Haley. We lost a lot of grit with Prust leaving. If Haley can fill some of those holes, why not give him a chance. He didn’t take any stupid penalties and was hitting. Something the rest of the team was not doing.

  17. multiplemiggs - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    lmao yea they were real ripe to be beaten while their backup was owning you, Vaneks getting wide open breakaways, guys open in front all over you at the end of the second period…. yeaa real ripe to be beaten.

  18. 2qswing - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Clearly what Torts needs is for management to spend another 10 mil in payroll so he can get out of the first round this year. Hey Johnny just be glad Dale Hunter is not coaching the Caps anymore. Rick Nash can only bail you out so many times. Real classy beating up Sam Rosen.

  19. cweez2 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Does he ever call himself out? Why doesn’t he call out Sather for trading the team’s toughness?

  20. jb8383 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I don’t understand how Rangers fans can even like Torts. If he was my teams coach I would be embarrassed. His comments last night were so disrespectful, I mean you just don’t say things like that, even if he’s thinking them, I mean you just don’t disrespect another NHL team like that, after they beat you. Even Lundqvist was a bit rude in his comments, saying he thought they were the better team. Clearly you weren’t because you lost. Show some respect and stop acting so entitled, you have no reason to be.

  21. csilojohnson - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Great coach. One of the sorest losers in sports.

  22. President Charles Logan - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    This Ranger franchise seems to think they have some sort of entitlement … I’m not sure why seeing that they have only 1 SC ring in the past 70 plus years

  23. fabdeezy77 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    You can say whatever you want about Torts, but the NY Rangers are a better team with him, before him that sucked out loud. He speaks his mind and some people can’t handle that. He holds his players accountable for when they dog it.

  24. pwilson264 - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I know some ranger fans will give me the old thumbs down, but i think Tortorella is a good coach, if your season pros do not follow your game plan and instructions on the ice you can’t blame the coach, sure there are times when the coach can be wrong but not always. Torts can’t go on the ice and hold their hands, and say no heres how you do it boys, you expect your seasoned vets to perform out on the ice and produce goals. previously to last nights game they won 5 out of 6 and that’s great, but with the eastern standings so close they need to play with more passion and get the points. hitting the net would be nice.

  25. isithockeyseasonyet - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Tortorella is a good coach, way too much a primadona though. Buffalo is trying to win too so while I agree, that’s a game the rangers should be able to count in the win column, sabres are still pro athletes with pride…show some class tortellini, it’s not that hard

  26. fikuserectus - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Well, Tortorella was right we he said “We sucked”. He is right. The Ranger sucked. His players probably thought this was an “auto win” and so they didn’t try hard. Go Sabres!! :)

  27. nicknyhc - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I love all the Ranger haters on this thread.

    The Rangers are in a playoff spot in a VERY tight race and have won 5 of the last 7 games and people are on here saying that they’re terrible and don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

    Look at how the Sabres, Devils, Flyers, and Caps have been doing over the last 7 games and then tell me the Rangers suck right now.

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