: Post Game Talk:
The "I Guess I've Got To Do It" Edition: Game 2: Rangers vs. Devils
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05-17-2012, 12:12 PM
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Location: New York City
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Is anyone else tired of Tortorella's act? The guy is honestly an egomaniac. We saw his stubborn coaching almost cost the team the Washington series when he benched one of our best offensive threats, and the guy who saved the Ottawa series, in Chris Kreider. His need to pout out his chest and make sure the rookie knew his place helped bring the rangers to a game away from a first round exit.
Then we see him at it again last night in a one goal third period. I don't care if Gaborik skated the wrong way, dangled Del Zotto, and then beat Lundqvist for an own goal, how can you bench the guy for the first half of the third period? He is a professional athlete and I think that benching him one or two shifts would have sufficed. But not for Tortorella, he has to show that he's the big cheese and he's in charge.
That's what gets me. His punishments seem beyond excessive. Proving a point to Torts is almost more important than the game itself, and yeah it has gotten his team to the ECF, but we might have also gotten here much easier if not these type of coaching methods. Its difficult to say benching Gaborik was a deciding factor in the game, but it certainly did nothing to help our chances in my opinion. A winger who has the offensive capability of Gaborik has to get a regular shift in a close third period of a pivotal game 2.
Then I don't know if Bickel has to perform some sort of ritualistic sacrifice to earn Torts trust or what, but if you're not going to play him can you try playing Eminger again? Rolling these 5 defensemen is unnecessarily taxing when we have an untried option sitting in the press box and a guy in Bickel who could do a serviceable job, especially at home with the last change.
Then is he series with the postgame antics? For a guy who preaches accountability how can he go out after a loss and act like that in front of the media. It's beyond hypocritical. What does he expect them to ask him, "Hey coach, what kind of sauce do you like on your pasta?" I mean this is their job and it is part of yours as well, so if you can't respect that then do not even bother coming out because what your doing right now is embarrassing to watch.
With all this said hopefully the team comes out and wins/allows less than 3 goals on Saturday. Despite the loss the Rangers are in a good position in these playoffs where home ice has not meant much so far.
He's been pushing the right buttons all season.
He has a team that was not expected to be this good, in the ECF.
Whatever he's doing is working.
The only people that are bothered by his post season (he is not this bad during the regular season) pressers are media types and hating opposing fans.
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