Rangers Are No Better with John Tortorella

December 16th, 2009 by Leslie Monteiro Leave a reply »
When the Rangers hired John Tortorella in February, Tortorella promised his team was going to take off under his forechecking system. They sputtered offensively in the first few weeks of his tenure, but they were good enough to make the playoffs after playing well in the final weeks of the season.

They almost upset the Capitals in the playoffs until the head coach lacked self-control in Game 5 by going after the fans in the stands. The league suspended Tortorella for Game 6, and the coach's behavior provided a spark for the Caps to win the last two games of the series that helped them advanced to the next round.

The Rangers believed a training camp would get the players to adapt to Tortorella's style of play, but that hasn't been the case. They started off well in October, but since then, they sputtered offensively, and the losses showed up as a result of their struggles.

The Blueshirts played the Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden in a home-to-home series that ends tomorrow night at Nassau Coliseum.

Nothing changed for them in this contest. Their goaltender kept his team in the game yet the team failed to support him with g ...

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