Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella was not happy with his Rangers’ last night. They floundered 4-1 against the Flyers who crushed their playoff dreams last season in a shootout.
He was especially unhappy with Dan Carcillo, Flyers’ cheap-shot specialist, third period hit on Ruslan Fedotenko.
“Do I have a problem with it? Sure, why wouldn’t I?” Tortorella said. “We get these (head shot) tapes sent to us during the summer and at the beginning of the year. Why send them? It’s a waste.”
To Carcillo’s credit (insert teeth grind), Fedotenko’s head was not only down but he was falling to the ice as Carcillo was colliding with him, preparing to take the body. So the elbow could have unintentionally and uncontrollably swung into Fedotenko’s head. Hence the no-call by the referee. Either way, he won’t be getting a Lady Byng anytime soon. Definitely a borderline cheap and unnecessary shot.
Torts wasn’t giving the Broad Street Bullies any credit though.
“It was just one of those games where you get all this hype about it and to me it was a crappy game,” he said. “I’m sure they don’t feel that way, they win it 4-1, but to me it was sloppy offensively. They didn’t have that many chances either.”
The Blueshirts need to regroup and rebound against a dismantled Devils’ squad. Devils’ star Zach Parise is missing in action after knee surgery on a torn meniscus.
Which Rangers’ will show tonight: the sloppy turnover bunch or the shot blocking work horses?
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)