John Tortorella on 2-0 hole to Bruins: ‘There’s no give’ in Rangers
|05.19.13 at 7:44 pm ET|
There were no FCC violations during his postgame presser. There were no explosions. There was a little agitation with one reporter’s question, but other than that, John Tortorella demonstrated good behavior after his team was dismantled 5-2 in Game 2 Sunday at TD Garden. The loss puts his Rangers in a 2-0 series hole, but it’s a familiar spot for Tortorella’s Rangers, who were down 2-0 to the Capitals before Henrik Lundqvist got hot and the Rangers won four of the next five to save their season.
“Listen, we don’t want to lose two games here,” the Rangers taskmaster said. “No one does. But there’s no give in the team. There will be no give in this team. Again, we need to go win a game. Not look anywhere else, just try to win our first home game this series.”
What gave Torts hope that his team can rebound in Game 3 Tuesday night in New York?
“If you’re talking about the latter part of the first, second period, I think that’s the way we have to play. And I think we can. I think we can sustain that,” Tortorella said.
The Rangers outshot the Bruins 16-9 in the second period and had three shots on a power play that now is 2-for-34 in the playoffs. But then the Rangers allowed a goal from Johnny Boychuk on a wrister to the left of Lundqvist and a two-on-one breakdown goal to Brad Marchand 26 seconds into the third that left Tortorella shaking his head.
“The third and fourth goals are defendable,” Tortorella said. “We made coverage mistakes. Our second period is where we want to be. We can’t put it in the net. We had multiple chances. We felt really good going into the third, and to have that type of goal go in on just a two-on-two, it hurts you. And then they’re just going to fill the middle and they’re just going to jam you, so we couldn’t generate much more.”
Here is the rest of Tortorella’s presser Sunday evening:
On if he thought the Rangers were close to scoring on their third power play: “Our power play was better tonight. Didn’t score, but it was better.”
On if anything off-ice played a role with coverage Sunday: “No. It has nothing to do with coverage. Shouldn’t have even said anything [Saturday].”
On if the Rangers are struggling to defend against the rush because of turnovers: “No.”
On if he’s surprised that the Rangers are having a hard time defending the rush: “I think there are some defendable plays, and that’s hurt us. I think the positioning’s there, but we just haven’t defended it, in a number of different situations.”
On how Rick Nash played Sunday: “Nash played better.”
On if the Rangers need to execute better or if the Bruins are simply executing: “You always have to try to be better as a team, and if we’re going to win a game, and that’s all we’re looking at, we’re going to have to be better.”
On how Henrik Lundqvist played Sunday: “I’m not evaluating our goaltending. I don’t need to evaluate Henrik. We know what Henrik is.”