Torts on Rangers: ‘Other teams are finding ways to win. We need to find ways’


New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is rarely in a good mood following a game – even after wins at times. You can imagine how pleased he was after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, then.

Tortorella didn’t want to hear the usual excuses while discussing his team’s struggles with Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record.

“We’re done talking about the lockout, lack of practice time …” Tortorella said. “Other teams are finding ways to win. We need to find ways.”

Gross points out that the Rangers have lost three straight regulation games for the first time this season and are just 5-7-1 in their last 13 contests.

A team that received plenty of hype coming into this campaign is currently locked into ninth place in the East with a 13-12-2 record for 28 points in 27 games, prompting defenseman Dan Girardi to label the situation as “gut check” time.

It might also be “get yelled at even more than usual by Torts” time.

Recent highlights of Torts’ rage

Bashing Buffalo and the Rangers at the same time

Habs-Rangers contest was “on of the worst games he’s been involved in”

He hasn’t been happy about bench minors

No hearing scheduled for Burmistrov after Bergeron headshot

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Winnipeg forward Alex Burmistrov isn’t in line for a disciplinary hearing for his elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed to PHT.

Burmistrov was tagged with an illegal check to the head minor late in the first period. Bergeron received a minor roughing penalty for retaliating on the Russian forward, but was able to finish the contest.

Afterward, B’s head coach Claude Julien expressed frustration with the hit.

“It will be interesting how that is being reviewed, and especially to an elite player in the league who’€™s had some [concussion] issues in the past,” Julien said, per WEEI. “I hope they look at it seriously. In my mind, I don’€™t see why there wouldn’t be further consequences [for] that.”

Bergeron said that, while it was “definitely a hit to the head,” Burmistrov did come up to him afterward and apologized.

According to sources of CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Burmistrov received a warning from the Department of Player Safety.


After lopsided loss, Julien says it’s ‘not about the young D’

Claude Julien

The Boston Bruins’ young, makeshift defense failed to come through Thursday night as the B’s were thumped, 6-2, on home ice by the Winnipeg Jets.

Without injured veterans Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the defensive pairings were as follows:

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid
Joe MorrowKevan Miller
Matt IrwinZach Trotman

And let’s just say, turnovers were a factor:

That was Irwin getting checked off the puck there.

“I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage,” he explained afterwards, per CSN New England. “He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. I take full blame for that one.”

But head coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to blame inexperience for the poor outing.

“It’s not about youth. It’s not about the young D,” said Julien. “It’s about our game without the puck. I think we might have gotten a little excited here about our offense and forgot about the other part of our game.”

And to be fair, even Boston’s more accomplished d-men had their challenging moments.

Here’s Krug failing to get position on Nicolas Petan in front of the Bruins’ net:

All in all, it was a tough night.

“We’ll correct those [mistakes] tomorrow in practice,” said Irwin. “We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on and get better every day.”

The Bruins host their rivals from Montreal on Saturday.