John Tortorella is all for the drama surrounding the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, but using his plain and simple terms, the Rangers coach summed up the importance of the game between his squad the Flyers on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park.
"At the beginning of January it's going to be a huge two points," Tortorella said with a deadpan look. "Our players will know that we're supposed to win this game to grab those two points."
He is, of course, accurate. The two points are big, especially when you consider the Flyers and Rangers are the first division rivals to play in a Winter Classic since Chicago and Detroit in 2009.
That said, Tortorella understands there are bigger elements at play here. Most notably, the rivalry between the Flyers and Rangers.
Tortorella agreed that the games against the Flyers are more intense than your average regular season game.
"Well, yeah, you're just down the street and it is a pretty bitter rivalry as it's gone on," he said. "I'll just leave it at that."
Imagine what he would have said had he gone on?