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Tortorella: ‘I screwed up’ by not using McDonagh on PP earlier

May 24, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT


The New York Rangers scored their first power play goal of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Thursday’s Game 4 win over Boston, and looked more dynamic with the man advantage than any of the previous three games of the series.

Head coach John Tortorella thinks he knows why — he wasn’t using Ryan McDonagh enough.

McDonagh, who logged 3:32 of power-play ice time in Game 4 (only d-man with more was Michael Del Zotto) was a major catalyst, according to Torts.

“I think he helped us on the power play,” Tortorella said on Friday. “It’s me, I screwed that up not using him early enough and I should have.”

McDonagh was a virtual non-factor with the man advantage during the regular season. He averaged just 38 seconds of power play time per night and had just one point — an assist — in 47 games.

But with the Rangers all but out of ideas (they were 2-for-38 heading into last night), Torts decided to give McDonagh a shot, and the move paid off. He had two of New York’s six power-play shots on the night, and looked comfortable manning the point.

Tortorella was full of praise for McDonagh’s ability to rise to the occasion.

“He’s probably one of the most intense, competitive people, players,” Torts explained. “He just competes.”

  1. Troll_toll - May 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Good ole’ Slats sure makes his share of horrible moves but unloading Gomez to the habs for McDonagh was absolute robbery.

  2. billyhauntswizards - May 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    McDonagh is an excellent PP option but I don’t blame Torts for not putting him on it. He plays a f–kload of minutes as is no need for him to be burned out even more. Moore needs more PP time though.

  3. tfaltin - May 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    One of my peeves with the Rangers is their personnel on the PP. During the season they’ve used 5 forwards on a PP unit, and nobody really looks comfortable with their role. Hopefully McDonagh can settle his teamates down on the PP and roles can be a little more defined. Maybe a minute for Kreider with Brassard and Nash? That line was impressive last night.

  4. DED - May 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Wow! Tortz admits to making a mistake and all the haters missed it. :)

  5. banger60 - May 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Did torty just say mistake.?

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