The New York Rangers had come out flat, again. They had struggled offensively, again. They had lost, again. As coach John Tortorella stood in front of the MSG backdrop Saturday after a 3-0 defeat in Pittsburgh, there was tension, at first.
Would he storm off in seconds? Would he rip into his top players the way he had Tuesday night after a 3-1 defeat in Buffalo, when he said he couldn’t have been “more disgusted and disappointed” with the way they played?
No. He was calm, even upbeat. He said the Rangers had “good people,” repeatedly. He pointed out that although they were on a three-game losing streak, they had been on a four-game winning streak not long ago and could make up ground with a good week.
“You can see it with some of our top guys. They don’t have a lot of confidence,” Tortorella said. “From a coaching point of view, the biggest thing for us is to stay together as a club here and try to find our way.”
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