On Monday Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Rangers were intentionally targeting the head of recently concussed Mike Green with high and blindside hits. When broached about the topic after New York’s practice on Tuesday, Coach John Tortorella gave a pointed response.
“Our mindset is just focusing on what we need to do, how we play – play the right way and get ready for Game 4,” Tortorella told reporters after the Rangers’ practice in Greenburgh, N.Y. “We have confidence in the league, we have confidence in the officials that they won’t be influenced by all the whining going on here right now.
“We’re staying away from it, and we’re focused on what we need to do,” Tortorella said. “And like I said, we have confidence in the league that this doesn’t affect the series. It’s a pretty good series. Two pretty good teams, going at it pretty hard.”
Also on Tuesday reporters asked Green, who missed the final 20 games of the regular season with a concussion, if he felt as though the Rangers were deliberately aiming for his head. The defenseman remained diplomatic and said he was prepared for the physical play any opponent might subject him to.