from Steve Silverman of CBS New York,
John Tortorella has created a high-pressure environment around his team.
There are indications that his contentious attitude may be starting to weigh on his team as it settles into its second-round series against the Washington Capitals.
Tortorella’s tightly wound personality did not have any adverse effects during the regular season when the Rangers won the top position in the Eastern Conference and ripped up rivals like the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on a regular basis. But that approach may be making things more difficult on his players as the postseason moves along.
When Tortorella refuses to answer questions in pregame, postgame and off-day media sessions, he is sending a message to his players. It’s as if he is saying, “I don’t trust these guys and you shouldn’t either. Don’t waste your time answering questions or explaining things to these people.”