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Tortorella returns to New York for first time since being fired

Nov 30, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

John Tortorella, Chris Higgins AP

When the New York Rangers host the Vancouver Canucks this afternoon (2 p.m. ET on NHL Network), it’ll mark Canucks coach John Tortorella’s first trip to Madison Square Garden since being fired by the Rangers over the summer.

Since the two teams virtually traded head coaches, things haven’t totally gone as planned for either team. The Rangers are third in the Metropolitan Division with 26 points, but sit just two points ahead of sixth place Philadelphia. The Canucks, meanwhile, are fifth place in the Pacific Division and eight points back of first place Anaheim.

Rangers fans might be able to get a look at the Tortorella they knew as the Canucks have won just two of their last nine games. We know Jannik Hansen got a taste of that already against Ottawa on Thursday.

How will Rangers fans receive Tortorella? Will he be remembered as being the tough coach who took the team to the playoffs in four of his five seasons behind the bench or as the guy who couldn’t get them over the hump in the postseason to win a Stanley Cup? If nothing else, we know New Yorkers will make their thoughts known loudly.

Update: Before the game, Tortorella faced the media and kept things lively.

  1. 7mantel - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Miss you Torts !

  2. sjsharks86 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Uhh, Sharks are first in the Pacific dude, Anaheim has played more games

    • hawksfan30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      First tiebreaker is wins. Anaheim has one more. Even though they have a few games in hand, Anaheim is first at the moment.

      • blomfeld - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Yeah, well we Kings are now just three points behind you people and we’re closing fast … so enjoy the view up top there while you can because it’s not going to last much longer for you little Sharkies and Duckies !

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 950003cups - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Sharks are in first. Tie in points goes to the team with less played games during the season. After 82 games then it goes by who had more R/O Wins wins. That’s where shootouts hurt.

        As of now, SJ is in first place.

      • sjsharks86 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Thats at the end of the season when all teams have played the same amount of games. Seriously, don’t comment unless you know what you’re talking about.

      • hawksfan30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        OK tough guy sjsharks. Spoken like a true loser. Enjoy your technical 1st place. I’m not sure what the point of having a separate tiebreaker for when the season is still in progress. Enjoy your trophy for being the 1st place team in the pacific on November 30th. Great job!

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Oh the crystal chandeliers light up the banner on your wall
    The silver statuette is drooping and dusty in the hall

    But will the snarling crowd that’s been booing loud help you dry your tears…

    When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers

    I never did fit in too well with the folks you knew
    And it’s plain to see that the likes of me don’t fit with you

    So you traded me for the gaiety of the well to do
    And you turned away from the game I offered you

    Oh the crystal chandeliers…

  4. irokkit - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Is that Jim Morrison?

    If I were the GM of NY. I’d fire Torts again!

  5. 950003cups - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Ranger fans should cheer Torts. He was a solid coach.

  6. irokkit - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM


  7. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    After the first period I bet Torts wanted to send Kreider to the minors again one last time …

    • patthehockeyfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I swear Torts is going to stroke out before the game’s over. Watching him have a meltdown after the second goal reminds me: the more things change, the more they remain the same.

      • patthehockeyfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        *correction: first goal

    • cofran2004 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      For some odd reason, I think Kreider had this game circled on his calendar. I don’t think it has anything to do with the guy at the opponent’s bench who mishandled him so badly though. Nope…

      Before someone says “Uh, yeah it does,” let me say this; no crap. That was sarcasm. This is Kreider saying “not ready for the NHL, am I? Okay, here, lemme score ANOTHER goal against you.”

  8. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I said this yesterday vs the Bruins I will say it again more forcefully today. Brian Boyle sucks. He’s a big wimp and needs to go. Damn he sucks!!

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