Tortorella is writing his own epitaph. Unless his defining messages bring about a miracle, he seems to be in his final days of coaching a team that has been a heartbreaking disappointment each of the last two playoff years.
No team has ever come back from 0-2 deficits in back-to-back series in NHL history. If there’s ever a team that might do it, it’s Tortorella’s prideful Rangers.
The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
The Rangers did a lot of good things and struggled in other areas. Here are three things I took from Monday night — good and bad.
Less-heralded Braden Holtby is looking to continue outperforming Henrik Lundqvist as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden.
A broken power play, too much time spent in the penalty box and a bizarre off-night from elite netminder Henrik Lundqvist. These trends can’t continue if the Blueshirts wish to march into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Alex Ovechkin’s franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1.
After quickly dismissing a question regarding the health and status of key defenseman Marc Staal, by saying there was no update regarding his eye injury, Tortorella became engaged when asked about rising star Derek Stepan.
Mats Zuccarello’s overtime-winning shootout goal could go a long way in determining how high the Rangers finish in the Eastern Conference.
In the last 48 hours, the Rangers have completely revamped their team — not only for the playoff push, but moving forward for next season.
All the New York Rangers needed to regain their confidence and get back in the playoff hunt was two wins in two nights. That is how tight the NHL is in this lockout-shortened season.
It’s time for Marian Gaborik to shape up, otherwise he’ll be shipped out before the April 3 trade deadline.
Sean Hartnett hands out his grades for the Rangers at the midway point of the season. Would you give John Tortorella and his boys a pass or fail?