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Whether the New York Rangers truly believed they could overcome a 3-2 playoff series deficit earlier this year doesn't matter now.
The Rangers did it against the pesky eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in the first round, giving them confidence they can pull it off again against the formidable New Jersey Devils and reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 18 years.
The historical calendar is in line with the dates of New York's 3-2 comeback over the Devils the last time these division and area rivals met in the Eastern Conference finals in 1994. None of the names are the same for the Rangers, and only New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur - and assistant coach Larry Robinson - still have the same jobs as way back when.
So the top-seeded Rangers' point of reference as they head into Game 6 in New Jersey on Friday night isn't the history book but rather their shared experience of rallying past Ottawa.
If they extend their season, they will be back at home on S...
BEST OF MAXIM
Head coach John Tortorella actually stuck around to give an insightful postgame press conference following last night's 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at MSG, so I thought I'd share this landmark event. Plus, there's not much else to say after what went down last night and what needs to be done in Game 6.
Will have any significant updates from practice later...
When it was over, a few moments after his team's season had come to an end, Rangers coach John Tortorella uttered six words that offered a glimpse into his psyche.
"I really thought we were coming," Tortorella said after Adam Henrique's Eastern Conference finals-clinching goal 63 seconds into overtime sent the Rangers home for the summer with a devastating, 3-2...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella just doesn't like to answer Stan Fischler. But, he does think his team 'played with balls.' 1:10 mark of his post game presser following last night's game 6...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
John Tortorella is a man of few words, at least when he is in front of the microphones for a news conference. Put him on the bench with another coach to scream at and he's just a little more effusive. New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer found that out on Monday as the two bench bosses engaged in a shouting match after Rangers forward Mike Rupp gave an extra pop on New Jersey goalie...
John Tortorella talks about his Rangers team after the game..."I love our jam. I love our balls. I really like what we have here. I don’t think it will be the same. There’s always changes. But what they have—what our group has developed in their identity, their mindset, I think showed tonight."...this quote really has me fired up for next season. The...
Rangers coach John Tortorella isn't satisfied with the franchise's longest postseason run since 1997.
He says ''we still have quite a bit to learn as far as the desperation, when you get to this third round.''
New York's season ended Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
It will take time...
John Tortorella discusses the Rangers' Game 5 loss and the team's back being to the wall heading back to Newark...
For players reaction to Game 5 defeat, click the "Read More" tab below.
Players know the Rangers are up against after the Blueshirts' 5-3 Game 5 loss...
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The past is the past is the past.
That was the message authored by the oddest of bedfellows, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils, when questions linking the franchises' 1994 Eastern Conference Final to the current series were asked Thursday.
"Not for a second," said Rangers coach John Tortorella when he was asked about parallels between the two series during...
John Tortorella said he knows his team's focus is squarely on Game 5 Wednesday night at The Garden when he addressed reporters following practice on Tuesday...
...not sure if it was funny or scary that Torts' answer to a question on how he plans on fixing the Rangers offense was to "pray".For the players thoughts on tonight's Game 5, click the "Read...
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, The closest thing to a guarantee from the Rangers heading into a do-or-die Game 6 against the Devils on Friday?
Coach John Tortorella’s prediction about his star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s impending performance:
“He’ll play his best game tomorrow night,” Tortorella proclaimed.
A later line of questioning prompted Tortorella to...
Here are your post-elimination interviews from the players and head coach John Tortorella following last night's 3-2 OT loss to the Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Break-up day for the Rangers will be on Monday. Stay tuned for my season eulogy and a whole lot of individual...
Rangers coach John Tortorella is a brilliant hockey mind. You didn't think Brad Richards shooting on NYR goalie Henrik Lundqvist was just a boneheaded mistake do you? Increases the King's save...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
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...
Just a few things that caught my eye ...
John Tortorella must feel like he's stuck in his own personal Groundhog Day -- how many horrific first periods can one team have? Five shots, three goals? That praying thing didn't seem to work.
The Devils weren't as good as their start. And the Rangers (the team) weren't nearly as bad as theirs. But...
The forecheck has been the key to the Rangers offense all season, but for some reason they haven't been able to establish it during the playoffs.Dan Rosen at NHL.com says finally getting puck possession below the dots in the Devils end, will be a key to Game 5 for the Rangers..."The Rangers have not possessed the puck below the faceoff dots nearly enough in this series....