Might as well finish off this amazing day with some further thoughts from John Tortorella on the recently completed playoff series.
The Rangers’ coach, of course, got lots of publicity for his comments to the press on Wednesday.
“We’ve got everybody and their brother whining out there in Washington about what happened in that series,” Tortorella told reporters, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “And I think that’s a big reason they lose that series.”
But it turns out Tortorella had already made similar comments to Mike Francesa on WFAN Tuesday afternoon. This happened when the host complimented Tortorella on his team keeping an aggressive Alex Ovechkin in check.
“And they got beat up,” Tortorella said of his blue-liners. “And that’s part of the game. [Ryan McDonagh], he gets run over, but he’s ready to go right away. And there was no retaliating. I thought our discipline was very important in the series, because their power play is so good. And it’s a great lesson for our young players. You’ve got to take a hit to make a play. And you’ve just got to keep on going about it, and I think we outlasted them that way. There was a lot of whining going on over there the last couple of games about penalties and this and that. We just shut our mouths and we played, and I really respect our team for going out their business that way.”
(Bloody McDonagh via @MrIrrelevantDC)