from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, If a coach wants to cut down to three lines and four (and a half) defensemen in the second game of the second round of the playoffs, that’s his prerogative.
If the same coach wants to do so without providing so much as a hint of an explanation, even when one of the decisions in particular seems especially curious — as in, where in the world was Artem Anisimov in the third period of Game 2? — well, that’s his prerogative, too.
But when that coach essentially trusts a trek of up to 28 games and seven weeks to such a small complement of athletes at such an early juncture, it is critical that his team capitalizes on every opportunity to nail down a victory when it’s there for taking, as Monday’s Game 2 was against Washington.
The coach, of course, is John Tortorella, the team, you know, is the Rangers, and they’re in a 1-1 dogfight with Capitals with the next two in D.C., just as they were in a seven-game dogfight with the Senators in Round 1.