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After seventh straight loss, Tortorella takes the blame

Feb 9, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT

John Tortorella, Brad Richardson, Tom Sestito AP

TORONTO — Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella wants you to point the finger at him when it comes to the team’s losing ways of late.

The Canucks lost their seventh straight game after dropping a 3-1 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Following the game, Tortorella owned up to the team’s recent slide and put the losses squarely on his and the coaching staff’s shoulders.

“It’s pretty obvious the coaching staff here has not done a good job teaching details of situational play,” Tortorella said. “Third period, wall play, underneath the puck – we just have not done a good enough job because our guys are just not consistent at it. It’s going to be a huge focus as we get through this break and get ready to play again.”

The Canucks went into the third period holding a 1-0 lead over the Leafs, but goals from Mason Raymond, Phil Kessel, and James van Riemsdyk put Toronto over the top.

“It’s the way it’s going but we can’t be in that situation,” Tortorella said. “We can’t let the momentum change in that third period the way it did. And that’s details. I need to take full responsibility for that. Obviously I have not taught that well enough because we continue to make the same mistakes in crucial times of the game. You guys may not see the little things that happen before goals, we do. That’s situational play and we have not been consistent enough with it.”

The Olympic break comes at an ideal time for the Canucks. Not only are they mired in a losing streak, but they’re without five regular players. Forwards Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli and defensemen Kevin Bieksa, Christopher Tanev, and Yannick Weber.

“Mentally and physically hopefully we’ll get some bodies back also,” Tortorella said about the Olympic break. “It was a dog’s breakfast as far as the [road] trip, three in a row losing them all. We’re in a spiral so it couldn’t come for a better time mentally and getting guys back also.”

  1. ibieiniid - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    wasn’t he blaming the rest of the team like two weeks ago? classic Torts

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      “wasn’t he blaming the rest of the team like two weeks ago?”

      Not really. His comments a couple of weeks ago included the phrase, “We’re off the rails on a lot of different aspects. Every aspect of our game is off. This team can and will play the right way.”

      Some people commenting then, and one who watched the media scrum, took that as directed towards the coaching staff. It seems as if he’s including himself in that criticism here.

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      you are a TROLL.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Actually, ibieiniid isn’t.

      • blomfeld - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        that’s right Kapitan Amerika … Ibidinijad is ‘good’ people ! :)

    • blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM …

      Like many others I’m sure, I too have been ‘charmed & amused’ by coach John Tortorella ever since he began his tenure here in Vancouver with the Canucks last year … and I’m say that as an ardent, loyal and ‘values-driven’ fan of the reigning SC Champion LA Kings ! Unfortunately however, it’s just recently occurred to me that Torts is quite possibly ‘not’ of a sound mind ? … and that’s truly a shame. Nevertheless, I believe that the true villain in all of this mess is none other than Mike Gillis … you know, that the smarmy, condescending ‘know-it-all’ lawyer who weaseled himself into the job by putting a knife in Dave Nonis’ back. I knew that guy was a jerk from day one, when he interviewed Alaine Vigneault for four days straight in a Vegas hotel room back in ’08 !

      Summary: the liquidation of Gillis must now become the Canuck’s # 1 priority !

      • mikedoc315 - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Hey blomfeld you do realize that the L.A.Kings are not the reigning stanley cup champions right,that would be the Chicago Blackhawks.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        Oh, mike. Why did you start that?

        Blom’s contention is that the Kings are the reigning 82-game-season SC champions. (He’s written it enough times, and others have commented on it.)

        I guess, to him, the ‘Hawks championship in the player-lockout-shortened season is invalid.

        That’s Blom’s point.

      • blomfeld - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        “Blom’s contention is that the Kings are the reigning 82-game-season SC champions” …

        Stand down Pat ! … that’s not my ‘contention’ ! … that’s pure ‘fact’ and everyone knows it … even the Black Hawks !

        Look friend, in golf you don’t turn in a scorecard claiming to have shot ‘2 over’ while having only played 10 of 18 holes! In the retail business, you don’t sell a jacket to a customer with one of two arms missing ! And in the restaurant business, you don’t serve a meal to a customer that’s only half cooked ! Now I don’t fault the Hawk’s for the ‘asterisk’ per se, as the blame for that falls squarely on the shoulders of Gary Bettman. Nonetheless, there’s a reason why the NHL season entails 82 x games, which requires such things as endurance, perseverance, fortitude, aplomb, tenacity, etc. A 48 x game season is ‘not’ a real season and therefore it’s no different than a ‘half-cooked’ steak being served up at some restaurant !

        Summary: the LA Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions and they will continue to be until they have the Cup taken away from them by a team who’s played a ‘complete’ 82 x game regular season !

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Stand down yourself, blom. You wrote, and mikedoc315 questioned this: “and I’m say that as an ardent, loyal and ‘values-driven’ fan of the reigning SC Champion LA Kings !”

        I Googled 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, and the ‘Hawks’ name appeared SANS ASTERISK.

        2013 was a shortened season, no question. But, the Chicago Blackhawks are the reigning SC Champs.

        The Blackhawks began the lockout-shortened regular season by setting the NHL record for most games to start a season without a regulation loss (24). Chicago finally recorded their first regulation loss in their 25th game of the season: a 6–2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks finished the regular season with the best record at 77 points, and won their second Presidents’ Trophy in team history, as well as the Central Division championship.

        Even the Kings, with 59 games played have only 68 points. Give the ‘Hawks their due.

        Jeez, I’m a Kings’ fan, and sometimes, your analogies make me wonder. “You don’t sell a jacket to a customer with one of two arms missing?” “A half-cooked steak?” Something’s half-cooked, and it ain’t the steak.

      • blomfeld - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Pat … then suffice it to say that I will ‘not’ be frequenting your restaurant, I will ‘not’ purchase clothing from you and I will ‘not’ play golf with you !

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        What’s the emoticon for crying? I’m heartbroken.

  2. phxyotes - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Fire that bum.

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Torts is the right coach, it’s the GM who makes the player moves. In this case, losing to the Leafs is the final straw, I put it all on MG. The GM should take the hit for losing to them. There’s no way any GM in Vancouver should survive if the team loses to Toronto.

      He’s been here long enough. Did nothing after 2011, 2012 playoff losses. Should have got rid of Edler, Hansen, and some others to make the right changes. He could have gotten the right mix by trading those guys at high value, but didn’t.

  3. drewsylvania - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Sorry. Leaders don’t go full retard on other team’s locker rooms. He’s immature and the players know it.

  4. slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    let me say first , i am not a CANUCKS fan ( not at all ) ! but when they first brought this guy on board, i really wondered …… what were they thinking or better yet were they thinking . and the same goes for TORTS. there is not nearly the amount of forgiveness for flaws with the team in CANADA as there is with the …trendies and selfies ..fans in the USA !

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Gee, sly. Tell us how you really feel.

      I’m kidding. I understand your sentiment.

      Hockey in Canada is different from hockey in the U.S. It’s a religion up North, and fans there take it very seriously.

      Some fans here in the U.S. are the same; but, I’m betting that a lot (a majority?) see the sport as a game with wins, losses, off-the-rail coaches, etc. Sort of more entertainment rather than life or death.

      Torts is a polarizing figure. He didn’t do badly with the NY Rangers (took them to the playoffs in 4 of his 5 years there [each time being eliminated in the 1st round]); however, his sometimes out-of-bounds passion and his relationship with the media is, I believe, what got him fired.

      I don’t have an answer for Vancouver’s woes. It would seem as if no one at this particular juncture does.

      I’m asking you to kindly not put fans in the U.S. down as you did. You call it forgiveness. Is that such a bad thing?

      • gaborik104life - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        ” He didn’t do badly with the NY Rangers (took them to the playoffs in 4 of his 5 years there [each time being eliminated in the 1st round])”

        Your facts about the rangers playoff success under Torts is wrong. Led the eastern conference in points and went to conference finals in 11-12 losing in 6 games in ot. Went to second round last year after btb so’s by Lundqvist. The rags under him weren’t legendary but saying he didn’t do badly with them is a bit of an understatement when looking at what other teams have done in the league during that time frame.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        You’re right. Went to conference finals in 11-12 and lost in 2nd round last year. Sorry, and thanks.

      • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        okay pat, but just to keep things on top of the table….i am a US citizen, always have been. that being said , i don’t think that too many people here are true fans compared to fans of the past. these days it’s more of an entertainment thing. couple of examples: in the BLACKHAWKS last game ( a real stinker ) the local network does what is called ” THE FAN CAM ” where a few shots of the people at the game in CHICAGO gear( jerseys so forth ) are high lighted…… 6 out of 8 groups shown were taking selfies …not watching the game. even though the HAWKS looked crappy they were still only 2 shots out of tieing it up, so why come to a game and not watch it … but still enjoy doing the SELFIES ? i remember the first game i ever went to…loooong ago. it was at the old CHI. STADIUM. the HAWKS were playing TORONTO. i met a fellow and his wife who were from CANADA at the game. he mentioned how different it was going to a hockey game in the states. in those days there were no concessions at canadian rinks ….. seats ..bathrooms ….water fountains….and the GAME …that was it! i was a very young guy in those days, and it did not bother me one bit that the teams would expect their fans to be content with only a game to offer them…in fact i thought it was kind of neat ! i started noticing the crowds at televised CANADA games… no beers …dressed up like it was a date night out etc. etc. a far cry from these days, anyway i don’t go to games much anymore, it’s too far to travel ,as i don’t live in CHICAGO as i did then. i watch the game on the tube so what people do while at a game is their own business of course…… but i do believe i am entitled to my opinion as to what constitutes bieng a fan .

      • blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        COULD SLYSIPOPS EQUAL QUALITY ?

        Friends, the answer to that question must be an unequivocal ‘yes’ in no uncertain terms ! In fact, about the only flaw you can find with Slysipops is his ‘misguided’ belief that winning the Stanley Cup based on a shortened 48 x game’ schedule is acceptable. I mean seriously man, what do you think they’d say at the Masters if Tiger turned in a score card on Sunday, claiming to be the winner while only completing 10 of 18 holes ? Not only would he be ‘immediately’ DQ’d from the tournament, but as well he’d face a very heavy fine and he’d likely be barred from Augusta National for life !

        Summary: the LA Kings are still the reigning Stanley Cup Champions ! :)

      • blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Slysipops, seriously …

        Hear Hear friend to your commentary lamenting today’s ‘vain & indifferent’ fan ! Your words are an ‘exact’ facsimile of my own feelings & sentiments regarding today’s ‘shallow’ society, replete with it’s ‘empty & narcissistic’ values. Though I was born in Montreal, the first ever game that I attended was a Canuck’s game in the fall of ’70 against Gordie Howe and the Red Wings. I was only 11 years old then, however I still have fond & vivid memories from that night. I was a Canuck’s fan then and Charlie Hodge and Orland Kurtenbach were two of my heroes at the time ! And though we lost 7-3 that night, I still recall how it was all about the ‘game’ then and nothing more. During the intermission, people would only leave their seats to go to the bathroom or something, such was their fixation with the game at hand. Today I’m now a 54 year old man, albeit still sexy and an ardent Kings fan. Yet the older I get, the more I believe that ‘less is more’ ! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you’ve posted a great comment here which ‘oozes’ with truth !

        GO KINGS !!!

        GO BLACK HAWKS !!!

        And may it be that we meet again this spring, up ‘there’ on the high ground …

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        Sly – I, too, am a fan of the sport. I don’t need to see KISS, the USC Marching Band, beach volley ball, yoga, The Jersey Boys, etc., to enjoy the sport.

        I didn’t say that you weren’t entitled to your opinion regarding what constitutes a fan.

        What we’re seeing today are fans of the game – not the sport, and that’s an important distinction. The sport is pure hockey, not the fluff of teams emerging from a shark’s mouth (?), silicon-injected, half-naked women cheerleading and scraping off the ice (I think I just lost half my audience), t-shirts being shot out of a cannon into the crowd, Civil War replica cannons booming with a score (sorry, Columbus, it’s cute shtick; but, shtick nonetheless), all that crap that has turned the sport into a game and a spectacle for entertainment with Vin Scully as the carnival barker.

        There are people who post here (I won’t mention names because I don’t want to ruin my breakfast) who tell us that we’d say, “Thank you, Mr. Bettman,” (a direct quote) if we understood the business side of professional sports. Truth is, we do understand it; we just don’t like it. (And “you” is one of the two words I have for Bettman; “thank” is not the other.)

        Accept what hockey has become, we must. There is no alternative, and that’s why I asked that you take it easy on fans. This spectacle of a game, having no resemblance to the sport, is all most of these people have ever known. (And, don’t get me started on points for a loss or the shootout.)

      • blomfeld - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        “And “you” is one of the two words I have for Bettman; “thank” is not the other” …

        Let me guess … first word rhymes with ‘truck’ and second word rhymes with ‘blue’ ?

        Not bad eh ! :) Pat, your comments too are very accurate and well received. The only thing I’d add however is the fact that the ‘carnivalization’ of hockey is merely a function of what’s happening today to our society at large. This incessant need for immediate satisfaction and ever greater doses of ‘artificial’ stimuli (ie: balloons, loud music, large chested ice cleaners, paper mache sharks, etc) is something which is affecting most sports now, right across the board. In fact, about the only exception which I can think of is golf, where decency and good manners still carry the day. And that’s so whether one is a spectator at an event or if one is just playing a round at a local track.

      • slysipops - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        thank you pat, and thank you bloms, for some interesting thoughts about the state of the game today ! as said a lot of the guys would not agree with us at all or at least on all of our ideas ! about the ice cleaners: yes, you are so right, i remember when the ice cleaner where all high school aged young men. i suppose the owners and maybe the league felt a need for an on – ice girlie meat show to keep some of the ….persons happy ? BLOMS as to the TIGER WOODS question…him doing that would not surprise me ! but that’s another story. and as to my mis-guided beliefs about the 82 game season…LOL!! put that horse out to pasture ! i do enjoy converesing with you fellas !! P.S. wasn’t it great to see some of the OLYMPIC kids rooting for each other, even though the person was from a different country and team plus suffering for each other with a fall ……thank GOD there are still those with honor and integrity in this days world !

      • blomfeld - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Comrade Slysipops …

        please enjoy this video tribute, which I offer from the House of Blomfeld to you and other men of ‘honor & decency’ who reject today’s ‘shallow & narcissistic’ ways … God speed friend, Comrade Blomfeld

  5. bleedrangerblue - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Torts stinks. Signed Carl Hagelin

  6. smarshall3789 - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I love watching Canadian teams stumble and fail this is what u get when u hired this guy!!

  7. frankiesweep - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    He doesn’t have the right physical players for his system. It was doomed to be a failure.

    Can’t make a bunch of pusses into tough guys if they aren’t that.

  8. crazemastercraze - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Gillis should go first. He put the team on the ice. He hired torts. Long over stayed his welcome.

  9. ironmd778 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    He should. He’s a lousy coach. Nothing but a blow hard.

  10. nyrnashty - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Even if he has a small wang, I would guess he’s at least 10 inches!

  11. cspsrbums - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Torts do everyone a favor just leave the sport of Hockey. Just disappear dude you are an embarrassment to yourself and family.

  12. patshal - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!Sorry Canucks! And Go Bruins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. slysipops - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

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