When asked about his third-period benching in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final — he didn't see the ice through 11:02 of the third —Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers said (via Andrew Gross): "On the second [Devils] goal, I didn't get the puck out, I guess. You'll have to ask him."
"Him" as in Coach John Tortorella, who was in fact asked about Gaborik after the 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, and was as candid as expected. "Candid" as in "a series of one-word answers and declarations that even the most innocuous information will be kept 'in the room.'"
Tortorella's press conferences have become mandatory postgame viewing during the playoffs, sometimes for their brevity and often times for his curt tone with the media.
Does he have an obligation to be more forthcoming? Yes, because that's part of the gig. But is there something inherently amusing about seeing his discourteous reactions to clichéd questions in a setting where real news is rarely made? Yes, but that's only because we have a sadistic streak.
Craig Button of NHL Network was not amused, however, calling Tortorella's press conference a "travesty," saying he shouldn't even come out and adding that "it's a joke, he's making it a joke, it's an unnecessary joke, so stop it."
So keep it in the room then?
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