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Tortorella: ‘We can’t take that many penalties’

May 2, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals carried much of the play in a 3-1 Game 1 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday. The theme of the losing team’s post-game comments was clear, though: they believe it’s crucial to avoid Washington’s dangerous power play.

John Tortorella made that point clear to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

“We can’t take that many penalties in a game,” Tortorella said. They get a good bounce off the boards, but you just can’t take two in a row.”

“Hopefully, we’ll discipline ourselves the next game.”

Captain Ryan Callahan echoed those thoughts.

“Against a power play like that, if you’re killing that much, eventually they’re going to capitalize,” Callahan said.

Then again, maybe it’s about execution. The Capitals converted one of their five power-play chances while the Rangers failed on their four attempts.

Many point to Washington’s ability to kill a 5-on-3 as just as much of a turning point. Henrik Lundqvist touched on that with Gulitti:

“They kill it off and they get a couple quick goals, so obviously it changed a lot,” Lundqvist said.

  1. ludacrish05 - May 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Tords is a clown

    • valoisvipers - May 3, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      So is Torts.

      • sunderlanding - May 3, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        Nah Torts is ok. Tords sucks.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 6:53 AM

        This maybe Torts’ last year in the Big Apple.

  2. johnstone17 - May 3, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    I thought the calls against Beagle & Asham were questionable at best.

  3. tfaltin - May 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    The 5 on 3 the Caps killed absolutely the turning point. I knew at that point, the Caps kill it, they score in the next few minutes after and win, if the Rangers score, the Rangers probably win. The Capitals killed it. I do question the setup though, not sure Zuccarello is the best trigger man there. Over Torts’ dead body, but if it’s not going to be Nash then I’d like to see Kreider in that shooting hole on the 5 on 3.

  4. jericoc - May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Well, if you have guys standing around on a 5 on 3, and not forcing the opponent to exert any particular effort then you probably should not take any penaties at all. They did not “get a good bounce off the board”, they actually made plays. They initiated the action. How many more times do we need to see Richards surveying the “action” at the left point, while everybody else on the ice holds his spot?

  5. cruuuzcontrol - May 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Brad Richards on the point kills the Rangers power plays. He doesn’t have a good long distance shot and he knows it. Even when he does shoot, he does so with absolutely no accuracy. All he does is sit back an wait for a passing lane to open up. At that point, all the PKers have to do is man up on the other 4 players. And what you get is no benefit to having an extra man on the ice.

    And the Rangers were awful on PP faceoffs in the Caps’ zone last night.

  6. cupquest - May 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Agreed. However, while NY took way too many penalties, it indirectly led to their 5-3. Refs obviously were trying to even out the PIM by making absolutely ridiculous calls against the Caps. The double minor against Fehr was an absurd attempt by the refs to compensate for the disparity in PIM to that point. And the boarding(?) call against Beagle wouldnt have even been made in a pee wee hockey league.
    Here’s a thought: Call the game like you see it and stop worrying about trying to even out the PIM between the teams.

  7. 950003cups - May 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Gotta love playoff panics! LOL

    Over here, we have Rangers fans standing on a ledge, over in DC you have fans planning a stanley cup win.

    Think about last year

    GAME 1 NY=3 NJ=0 – Ranger fans are winning the cup! Devils fans scared

    GAME 2 NY=2 NJ=3 – Ranger fans are concerned! Devils fans start breathing again

    GAME 3 NY=3 NJ=0 – Ranger fans are winning the cup! Devils fans concede a series loss

    GAME 4 NY=1 NJ=4 – Ranger fans hit a wall! PANIC! Devils fans celebrating the series win!

    GAME 5 NY=3 NJ=5 – Ranger fans crying. Devils fans laughing (in first period). Vise versa (in beginning period 3) Then Devils fans are assured there is a god, while Rangers fans assured there is not!

    GAME 6 NY=2 NJ=3 – (repeat GAME 5) Ranger fans crying. Devils fans laughing (in first period). Vise versa (in period 2) After OT, Devils fans are assured there is a god, while Rangers fans assured there is not!

    This series is not over, and the drama hasn’t even unfolded yet. There is no better team yet. The adjustments are where series are won. Problem is, Oates remembers how the Devils adjusted to the shotblocking last year, while Tortorella hasn’t changed that method, and might need to be reminded that Oates may have been the one to crack the code last year.

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