“It looked early on like we were a team that was saying, `Uh, oh, we’re tired, we’ve won a lot of games here lately, this may be just our bad night,’ ”
John Tortorella has such an unbelievable feel for the game. His in game adjustments, his foresight, and his ability to get the most out of his players are just a few of the many, many reasons I love this coach. It’s no secret that I was very much against Tom Renney, the reasons being, the guy just had no sense for the game. The guy we have now, does. In spades. In a whole heaping bucket of spades.
You guys heard the commentators gushing over Tort’s in game adjustments during the winter classic, and tonight you probably saw an even better example of the same. With the Rangers on their heels he called an early time out. It didn’t seem like he just tore into the team, it was more of a wakeup call than a screaming fit of rage. The team reacted well enough to earn themselves a win. Their 9th in their last 10, their NHL leading 56th point, propelling them 3 points ahead of the next closest teams (albeit Boston does have 2 games in hand). Pretty tough to be upset with the team tonight despite their lackadaisical start.
Yesterday I mentioned how the Rangers have 3 legitimate superstars. Well, their biggest and brightest was in the net tonight, and he put on a show. I was stuck with the Pittsburgh feed and their announcers were just gushing over Henrik, and rightfully so. Henrik was outstanding, showcasing a glove hand not really seen prior to last season. The lone goal he gave up was one he’d like to have back, but he made up for it on several occasions flat our robbing the Pittsburgh forwards at every opportunity. On the flip side MAF had the gaffe of the month by basically giving the Rangers a goal for free. Thanks man, we owe ya!