There’s been some question heading into this contest as to what the Rangers might have to play for in the season finale against Washington. New York has already secured the top spot in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage, but Coach John Tortorella made it perfectly clear his team isn’t done yet.
A win over Washington at Madison Square Garden today would allow the Rangers to clinch the Presidents’ Trophy, and they want it.
“I want us to win that trophy. I do,” Tortorella said. “I think that’s a part of our motivation. I’ll tell you that right now. You check off the division, you check off the conference. There’s two other checks that need to be done here. One is this Presidents’ Trophy and the next is the real deal. So we’re looking to get No. 3 here tonight.”
Asked if had any comment about the $20,000 fine he received from the NHL for ripping the Penguins after New York’s 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Tortorella replied “Nothing.” Asked if he could comment on the fine, he said “Nothing.”
Tortorella was also asked what he thought of the three previous meetings between the Capitals and New York.
“Don’t even remember them,” he said, before responding to a question about whether the Capitals were different with Dale Hunter as coach. “I don’t care, I don’t know anything about them. We’re going to worry about ourselves.”
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— The breakdown: Caps’ playoff scenarios
— Introducing the shutdown ‘Wolfpack’
— Capitals travel to New York with seeding on the line