Archive for May 14th, 2012

Tortorella checks insight at the door

- May 14th, 2012

NEW YORK — New York Rangers coach John Tortorella likes to be short, but not really sweet, when he has his morning-skate news conferences on game days. Here’s what Tortorella had to say on Monday morning. The official transcript from the NHL, not edited for length:

Q. I can’t remember in which series you said before, but you were asked if you looked for something in the team and you weren’t going to say what it was, but you had seen it. Is that still the case?
COACH TORTORELLA: We’re fine.

Q. And you’ve seen what you need to see?
COACH TORTORELLA: We’re fine.

Q. Is there a challenge emotionally with the quick turnaround from one series to the next?
COACH TORTORELLA: No, none.

Q. You alluded yesterday to you’re glad the team had the experience of two Game 7s. So when other people are suggesting maybe 14 games isn’t the best way to start out…
COACH TORTORELLA: It’s a bunch of crap.

Q. What does Ottawa or the Capitals or the Devils – does it really come down to what your team does? Is that what your focus and preparation
is?
COACH TORTORELLA: We don’t spend too much time on the other team. We’re worried about our team.

Q. You said home ice doesn’t matter until you get to a Game 7. Why is it different in Game 7 as opposed to any other home game?
COACH TORTORELLA: I just feel that way.

Reading up on Lundqvist hard for Devils

- May 14th, 2012

NEWARK — Zach Parise had a good line when he was asked whether “the book” on Henrik Lundqvist was to shoot high.
“Can we get a copy of that book?,” said Parise, the New Jersey Devils captain, eliciting laughter. “You know more than us, apparently.”
The Washington Capitals appeared to go high on Lundqvist, the New York Rangers’ star netminder, during the Eastern Conference semifinal, but it didn’t get them very far.
“He is nominated for the best player of the regular season, isn’t he?” Devils forward Patrik Elias said. “So I don’t know if he has a weakness, especially this year. He is so confident and rightfully so.
“There’s different ways to get to him. Traffic. Try to screen as much as possible. We have to take a little extra time, make an extra two passes.”
Through two rounds, Lundqvist, a candidate for the Hart and Vezina Trophies, has a .937 save percentage and a 1.68 goals-against average with one shutout.