Found January 18, 2012 on
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
Bizarre night topped by Jim Dolan, all smiles and giggles, popping into John Tortorella’s press conference. I think what happened is that Dolan was in Tortorella’s office and the coach asked him if he wanted to do the press conference instead of Torts. And Dolan took the dare and went down the hall and into the room with him, and when he saw the shock of the reporters he decided to go with it for a while.
But it was pretty stunning. What he had to say, not so much. Just the fact that he came out from behind the curtain, and with some personality, was enough. And the best part was when he mentioned the Stanley Cup and Tortorella said, “Easy.”
1) The game might not have been exciting, but it was pretty thorough, pretty hard-fought, and again very impressive for the Rangers to bounce back from two disappointing games in the past week with nearly identical 3-0 shutout wins the next time out (though the win in T.O. was nearly perfect, and this wasn’t).
2) I said this le...
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Sorry for the overload on videos today, but here's a clip of the widely talked about brief meeting with the press that team owner James Dolan did following last night's 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators. In his quick speech, Dolan talked about the New York Rangers being "close" to Stanley Cup contenders, to which head coach John Tortorella clearly voiced his...
John Tortorella is not one to stand at the podium for a long time after a game, but he took plenty of questions and provided a boatload of analysis and insight following last night's 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators at MSG. He spoke about Lundqvist, Hagelin, the team's response and the upcoming games versus the Penguins and Bruins.
Definitely worth a watch...
via Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Rangers owner James Dolan upstaged coach John Tortorella at his post-game press conference, making a rare appearance in front of the media.
Dolan, who seemed giddy following the Rangers’ 3-0 win over the streaking Predators, said he feels the Rangers are “pretty close” to winning the Stanley Cup.
After Dolan dismissed himself following two...
… I can’t say it enough, Torts is doing a phenomenal coaching job with the Blueshirts. There 62 points are a HUGE reflection on his coaching. Henrik helped guide the Rangers to this victory with yet another shut out. Nashville is a VERY good team so to get a 3-0 shutout victory shows the NHL [...]
John Tortorella couldn't have been happier with what he saw from his team in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. And although the coach wouldn't agree to admit that the New York Rangers are "close" to a Stanley Cup, he still has a lot of pride in his club for their ability to bounce-back from failure.
Another ability Torts...
The pre-game presser started off slowly, as many do, but it picked up … John Tortorella ended up talking about Brandon Prust (he’s had to ask him not to fight some players because Prust is too good a player), and about the power play.
You might hear at one point early (around :40) a couple of thuds. That’s Tortorella banging his forehead on the microphone out of frustration...
Never let it be said that John Tortorella sugar-coats anything. The New York Rangers’ coach has his way of doings things and the rest of us can damn well love it or lump it.
Gotta love someone with the courage of his convictions in a world loaded with political correctness. And Tortorella put his convictions right out there for all to see Tuesday night after the Rangers blanked...
Some good stuff from John Tortorella after practice today, including his picks for this weekend’s NFL games, his reaction to Jim Dolan’s visit in the coach’s press conference last night, some comments for a story I’m doing on Ryan Callahan, and about Carl Hagelin and what he’s done and what he needs to continue to do.
Here it is:
Some weird happenings after the game …
First, because somebody asked, Dan Girardi got the hat.
Then Jim Dolan—who hadn’t spoken to the hockey writers in probably five or six years—walked into the press conference with John Tortorella, and talked about the direction of the team, and when he started talking about the Stanley Cup, Tortorella stopped him … and after Dolan...
With their 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators, the New York Rangers moved to 62 points in 44 games, tops in the NHL.
If that's not surreal enough, how about this: James Dolan addressed the media after the game.
Some organizations like Washington, have ubiquitous owners. Some have frequently seen owners like Philadelphia and Chicago. James Dolan, on the other hand, hasn...
Coach John Tortorella may find it absurd to discuss a championship 44 games into a season, as owner James Dolan did following the Rangers’ 3-0 win over Nashville on Tuesday, but Tortorella isn’t angry Dolan said he thinks the team is “pretty close” to capturing its first Stanley Cup...
Rangers coach John Tortorella may think it is far too early for owner James Dolan to discuss a championship, as the latter did following the Rangers 3-0 win on Tuesday that put them at an NHL-best 29-11-4, but The Post has learned that Dolan called Tortorella Wednesday morning and they...
After last night's 3-0 win against the Predators, Rangers team owner James Dolan surprised everyone by speaking to the media for the first time since 2003 and said this (via Andrew Gross)..."This is very spur of the moment," Mr. Dolan said. "We were just in the coach's office. I'll answer the questions - chill (this was to Tortorella, who was prodding Mr...
NHL officials have always taken their fair share of grief. But lately, ever since some questionable calls in the Winter Classic drew the ire of Rangers head coach John Tortorella, controversy has reigned supreme in the NHL, especially when it comes to disallowed goals.
No officiating system will ever be perfect, regardless of sport. But what if some calls recently are less about...
Had some technical difficulties with my story, and with my recorder.
So all I’ve got in the way of post-game audio is a short Dan Girardi/Henrik Lundqvist interview and the John Tortorella presser.
Dan Girardi/Henrik Lundqvist: