NHL Playoffs 2012: Rangers Reward Tortorella, Lundqvist with Game 3 Victory

May 19th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur blinked twice when New York Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist never did. Rangers head coach John Tortorella sacrificed his lone timeout at the right moment when Devils counterpart Peter DeBoer pushed it off too long.

If not for either of those factors, the Rangers would have had no business raising a 2-1 upper hand in the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But when they did, it was only fitting for the likes of Lundqvist that it was his second 3-0 shutout of the series.

For Tortorella, the way the Blueshirts propped up a 0-0 deadlock through the second intermission and then broke it via Dan Girardi was a testament to the feisty bench boss’s hidden patience.

You may never have guessed that that trait existed behind the New York bench in light of a recent string of press conferences characterized by unparalleled terseness.

But sooner or later, a team of qualified sociologists and psychoanalysts will deliver confirmation that such events only occur in the wake of a Rangers loss. Tortorella’s temper tends not to get in the way when the game is still in progress ...

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