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Tortorella passes on ‘critiquing players’ such as Rich Nash

May 10, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

John Tortorella, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle AP

Win or especially lose, the question after most New York Rangers playoff games is: what will head coach John Tortorella say? (Or sometimes, “how unpleasantly will he not say something?”)

Following the Rangers’ 2-1 OT loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 on Friday, Tortorella took the high road … kind of. He was at least non-specific when asked about Rick Nash‘s struggles, according to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

“I’m not critiquing players,” Tortorella said.

He did critique plays, however, calling Brian Boyle‘s slash on Mike Ribeiro a “dumb penalty.”

“It’s a dumb penalty and you don’t kill that off,” Tortorella said. “He’s a guy that’s playing well but it’s a dumb penalty”

Tortorella didn’t want to badmouth Nash and he didn’t want to call Game 6 an elimination game.

“I’m not going to use that word,” Tortorella said. “We’ll go home and try to win a game.”

Whatever you want to call it.

  1. modellforprez - May 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Ah. Gotta love squidward tortellini…

  2. jaguar0413 - May 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    “Rich Nash” LOL. Lots of money…little production.

  3. schlitzy - May 11, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    at least Nash scored some goals in the regular season.

    Brad Richards is the real “lots of money little production” winner in my book.
    someone needs to tell him the lockout is over.

    with both of these guys dried out in the goal scoring category, I can’t see the Rangers making a very deep playoff push. this coming from a Rangers fan!!

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 11, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    It was a dumb penalty indeed by Boyle. It was a selfish retaliation.

  5. foxburgh - May 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    First thing the Rangers should do is get rid of Glenn Sather, the man hasn’t brought anything but grief to Ranger fans. Name one thing the man has done, other than shufle players from one team to another, and receiving some garbage in the process!

    • gaborik104life - May 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Ryan Mcdonagh buddy. Also lets not forget the recent trade of adding derrick brassard leading playoff getter, a defenseman who has really stepped up for the rangers, and derrick dorsett a player who is well respected from what I have read. He has made questionable trades, acquisitions in the past but has cleaned up the mess nicely and altered his approach.

      • gaborik104life - May 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Brassard being leading point man for the Rangers in the playoffs not all of the other teams.

  6. asyd1827 - May 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM


  7. bobhpine - May 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    If only Tortorella’s players did exactly what he said all the time he would win the Stanley Cup every year.

    He’s just that smart.

    • ron05342 - May 12, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      It doesn’t happen often but I am absolutely speechless with this comment.

      Suffice it to say one of the thumbs down votes is mine.

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