Rangers Coach John Tortorella took the blame for his team’s loss on Saturday (courtesy of newsday.com)
The Saga that is John Tortorella finally ended….well at least for this season it did, on Saturday. The Rangers went into Game 5 in Boston and lost 3-1 to the Bruins officially closing the books on their 2012-2013 season. But what the man affectionately called “Torts” did after the game was something that this writer found to be quite admirable.
After the game, Tortorella, in a press conference said, “Some of the responsibility falls on me. It’s a big part of my job to get your top players to play consistently, and I couldn’t do that. We tried, and so I need to take some responsibility and try to get them in those spots to help us here. I thought that hurt us a little bit”
In case you’re not a regular visitor, let me enlighten you as to why I thought that this was admirable.
In a previous article I wrote about Tortorella calling out winger Carl Hagelin about his powerplay performance (or lack thereof) and how I thought that it was very irresponsible of “Torts” to call out his own player when he himself had just as much wrongdoing in it as Hagelin did for his “poor” play. In fact my exact quote was,
“John Tortorella seemed a bit irresponsible by just calling out a player instead of saying he needs to do a better job preparing his team for the man advantage.”
Call this my open apology to you John (if I can call you John). I said you were irresponsible and you proved me wrong. So here’s me saying sorry! I may not like you as a coach, and your antics may be HIGHLY unorthodox, but I have gained a little more respect for you as a person for taking the blame for your team losing.
One takes the bow one takes the blame, that’s the way you have to play the game.
Watch John Tortorella’s post-game press conference here