Found May 22, 2012 on
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
The question posed to John Tortorella at his Monday morning press briefing at Madison Square Garden was about which skater would replace the suspended Brandon Prust in the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Tortorella's answer? He had no answer.
"I don't know what my lineup is," Tortorella said when asked if Stu Bickel could play forward.
Bickel started as a fourth-line forward in the game, ultimately won by the Devils 4-1, before replacing defenseman Michael Del Zotto on the third defense pair with Steve Eminger. He skated 12 shifts for 8:59 of ice time and committed two penalties totaling 12 minutes.
Tortorella ended his news conference by saying, "I don't know what my lineup would be then," after he was jokingly asked if Bickel could play in three weeks.
* Brandon Dubinsky has been skating for a couple of days as he recuperates from an injured right foot. Even though Dubinsky struggled offensively during the regular season -- ...
BEST OF MAXIM
John Tortorella and Pete Deboer had their first run-in during the regular season when Deboer sent out a starting lineup of goons to set the tone in a regular season game between the Rangers and Devils at Madison Square Garden on March 19. Tortorella was provoked to the point where he grabbed the stick from the hands of Brad Richards, stormed over to the end of the bench and hacked...
With the hockey playoffs on going, and BMR's coverage admittedly faltering a bit, I decided we needed a big get. And I got one! I got an interview with New York Rangers' coach John Tortarella before tonight's game! The full transcrips are below:BMR: Coach, it seems as though you get stressed out during the post season. Would you say that the post season is more challenging...
LEADERS OF MEN
Rangers tough guy (and one time New Jersey Devils' hero) Mike Rupp (6'5", 230 lbs) punches Marty Brodeur in the pec/shoulder/facemask after running and jumping into Devils defenseman Peter Harrold... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
John Tortorella took pointed shots Sunday at the New Jersey Devils, accusing them of various uncalled infractions in the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals. But Tortorella's team, the New York Rangers, had a recurring problem of their own throughout these playoffs resurface in a series-tying 4-1 loss Monday night in Newark. The Rangers now have had seven...
The display put on by the New York Rangers in Saturday's Game 3 at the Prudential Center was less than satisfactory. Mentally, the team did not arrive until very late in the second period when head coach John Tortorella was forced to call a timeout in order to get his squad in line before they fell into a hole they would be unable to climb out of. Yet, because of the superhuman...
It obviously all started with the line brawl game in March, but the hatred between John Tortorella and Pete DeBoer really started percolating this weekend after the Devils coach said Brandon Prust was a 'headhunter' to which the Rangers General responded by calling out the Devils for diving to get calls. And it all finally came to a head last night in the third period......
The John Tortorella thing just keeps getting better. Before Game 4 - and after he embarrassed himself, his organization and the league with his press-conference performances - Lord Torts suddenly found a use for the media when his player, Brandon Prust, was facing a suspension
Just like that, The Great Man turned into Winston Churchill. He talked about the Devils’ many crimes...
The Eastern Conference Final began last Monday night.
The war of words commenced Sunday.
John Tortorella ripped Devils coach Pete DeBoer's "head-hunting, plain and simple" comment about Brandon Prust's elbow to the back of Anton Volchenkov's head in the second period of the New York Rangers' 3-0 win in Game 3 at the Prudential Center Saturday afternoon...
One of the characteristics that has defined this edition of the New York Rangers has been their collective buoyancy. With the Eastern Conference Final now a best-of-3, Rangers coach John Tortorella believes mental toughness will once again come to the forefront.
"We're one of four teams still playing," Tortorella said Tuesday afternoon following the Rangers' practice...
from Neil Best of Newsday, Pierre McGuire, NBC’s “Inside the Glass” hockey reporter, declined Tuesday to go beyond what he shared with his TV audience about the Game 4 argument between coaches John Tortorella of the Rangers and Peter DeBoer of the Devils - which wasn’t much.
“They weren’t having an amiable conversation about what they were going to do for dinner in the...
To watch at NHL.com, click here.Meanwhile, Ken Daneyko, Dave Maloney, Billy Jaffe and Al Trautwig give their thoughts on what John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer have to impart on to their teams heading into the pivotal Game 4...
To view video of Henrik Lundqvist discussing tonight's Game 4 as well as Brandon Dubinsky on his injury and Brandon Prust on his suspension...
The LA Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Overtime last night to win the Clarence Campbell Bowl that is awarded to the Western Conference Champions. The Kings won the Western Conference Final in 5 games & never really faced a challenge from the Pacific Division Champion Coyotes.
In the conference semi-finals, the Kings swept the Central Division Champion...
It's incredible to think how differently two separate minds could interpret one single series of events.
What occurred late in the third period of last night's Game 4 match between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils has been portrayed by the media in two distinct ways. There is the group of analysts of the situation who believe that the Rangers' purpose in riling...
After yesterday's game John Tortorella addressed why he scratched Stu Bickel in favor of Steve Eminger (via Bergen Record)..."I don't want to put Bick in a bad spot, because it's certainly not why we lost the last game. We put Emmy in because we just wanted to get to pucks quicker. We thought he may be able to get to pucks quicker. We've had a few struggles...