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Tough night for Torts, Vigneault with new teams

Oct 4, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

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The regular season coaching debuts of Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella with their new teams had both been highly publicized.

Especially when they essentially swapped teams this summer (The Canucks hired Tortorella after he was fired by the Rangers, and the Rangers hired Vigneault after he was fired by the Canucks).

But it didn’t quite go as either may have planned, as both coaches were behind the bench for respective 4-1 losses on Thursday.

The Rangers lost by that score to the Phoenix Coyotes, while the Canucks lost in San Jose.

“We didn’t execute,” Vigneault said afterward, according to the New York Times.

Tortorella, who is in the midst of introducing a new system to the Canucks, liked what he saw from his team in certain areas, and didn’t like from his team in others.

“We have a lot to learn as far as tenacity. There were some good things and there were some teachable things,” said Tortorella, as per Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre.

  1. canucks30 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Canucks can’t score. Especially when it counts. Changing coaches isn’t going to fix that.

  2. avfanforlife - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Wonder how long the fans in BC will be able to stomach Torts. Saw the game but Center Ice always cuts of right after the game so you miss all the post game interviews, etc… Was he as cordial as usual?

  3. barkar942 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Rangers looked exactly as I expected them to last night- flying up and down the ice and making basic defensive mistakes such as leaving the slot open.
    You cannot take a team that was playing defensive zone out and switch them to run and gun. They will be eaten alive.

  4. gmenfan1982 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    It’s one game. Both teams are getting used to new styles of play and the rangers for one have a few new players and line combos as well. Everyone needs to relax. It’s ONE GAME.

    • steverolley - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Don’t be sensible!

    • barkar942 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Let’s start taking odds on where Lundqvist ends up- I say in Brooklyn- very close commute. And plus, the Isles love giving goalies long term deals- real long term deals. REALLY REALLY LONG TERM DEALS!

  5. buddysguys - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Game one…season is over wrap it up. Better luck next year. #81moreleft

  6. fabdeezy77 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Avfanforlife your not being biased. Torts hater

  7. bleedrangerblue - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Can’t wait for Torts to declare Henrik Sedin sucks…

  8. slysipops - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    if TORTS thought NY was tough just wait…..the tar is warming and the feathers are being gathered!

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