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Torts still happy with Rangers, despite 0-2 series deficit

May 6, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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On Friday, the day after the Rangers lost Game 1 of their first-round series to the Capitals, New York head coach John Tortorella said he was generally pleased with the way his team had played, despite the 3-1 loss.

Today, prior to Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, and two days after the Rangers lost Game 2 — this time, it was a 1-0 overtime defeat — his message was similar.

“I think a big part of coaching is addressing your team and how they played, not what the result was,” said Tortorella, per The Star-Ledger.

“It’s a game of results, there is no question about that, but I can’t go about the process of coaching a hockey team on what the result was.”

Tortorella added: “Playoff series is momentums within the game. What if Rick Nash scores his goal in the third period there off the post, another inch? It changes.”

New York isn’t the only NHL city lamenting what-ifs.

What if Jannik Hansen hadn’t missed the empty net by inches in Game 2 of the Vancouver-San Jose series?

That’s the playoffs though. Look back at any Stanley Cup champion’s run and you’ll see a handful of what-ifs that went its way. A post here, a bounce there. There’s no rule saying luck has to even out over the course of a series.

But unlucky or not, the Rangers need a win tonight or they’re in big trouble.

  1. jacketsfan7 - May 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Lemme get this straight, torts is happy?

  2. dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    0-0 game no shots on goal. his dream game lol

  3. valoisvipers - May 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    You can not use the words Torts and happy in the same sentence.

  4. watchfullhose - May 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Where is Rick Nash now?

  5. kgun80 - May 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    As much as I dislike the guy.. He is right. Your message has to be consistent and the players have to trust their system. It wouldn’t hurt if some of the ” big time players”would show up, and not leave all the pressure on Lundqvist the guy is amazing most nights and is easily one of the best… And I’m not a Rangers fan

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