John Tortorella wasn't discouraged with his team's performance in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night that evened their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series at 2-2, but he wants to get more out of some of his players who aren't producing.
The Rangers' coach wouldn't single out individuals during a conference call Thursday with his club enjoying a day off before practice Friday and Game 5 Saturday at Madison Square Garden, but Marian Gaborik has just one goal in the series, which came during Game 1. Brad Richards had a pair of power-play assists in Game 2, but his only even-strength point of the series came in the third period of Game 1.
Tortorella also discussed the impact of losing Carl Hagelin for the past two games due to a suspension, his team's inability to put Game 4 away when it had the chance and his team's readiness for a massive Game 5.
RANGERS VS. SENATORS
Sens even series with 3-2 overtime winBy Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer
After the Senators rallied from a 2-0 deficit, Kyle Turris scored 2:42 into overtime to tie the series at two games apiece heading back to New York.
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How much of a difference has it made not having Carl Hagelin in the lineup?
That's not the reason why ... I thought we played really well yesterday. You want his speed in, but we did a lot of good things and we're not going to use that as an excuse, that's for sure.
Did it seem like some of your guys were exhausted picking up the big minutes Hagelin plays?
No. That's not gassed. I think the third period was our best period. Other than a couple spurts that they had, I thought we played our best hockey. You can look at minutes and I think our guys were gassed, but our guys weren't gassed. I thought that was our best period since the first game.
You said your best guys need to be your best guys. Outside of Henrik Lundqvist, do you feel like that's been the case often enough in this series?
I'm not about to -- in Game 4 -- to start naming names. We've had some people, secondary players, play some good minutes. I thought some players, a number of players throughout our lineup gave us some good things here. But I'm not interested in naming names. We've got to win and lose as a team here. We just didn't get it done in overtime. I thought we played a pretty good game last night, so we'll just get ready for another one.
Is losing in overtime becoming a concern for the team? (They've lost twice in this series and Lundqvist is 1-7 in his postseason career in overtime)
They made a play. They scored a couple goals. Before they scored last night, we had a couple chances. It's not about a concern. It's about trying to find a way to win. They've found a way to do that in a couple games here. If we get another opportunity, we're going to go about our business and see if we can get it done.
Brad Richards talked about how during your run to the Stanley Cup in 2004, you basically alternated wins and losses from the Eastern Conference Finals all the way to the Cup Final. How do you guide a team through something like that?
You just get ready to play the next game. Like I've said, it's about momentum. I thought going into the overtime we had some really good momentum as far as how we played. We struggled a bit in the second period because we took three penalties and changed the momentum of the game. But going into the overtime, I thought we had really good momentum and they score a goal off a 2-on-2. They get a win. We're just going to play our game and try to grab back momentum.
When you look at your power play in Game 4, are you happy with it because it scored two goals, or does it concern you they came up empty in their final five chances when a goal could've put the game away?
It was the key to the game. We had some good chances to get that third goal. Even when it was 2-0, (Marc Staal) had a great chance. It was getting that third goal. When we didn't get that done in the second period, you could see the momentum change a bit and it turned into a really good game. In the third period, I thought we had the better chances except for a couple of spurts. I thought we battled hard and blocked shots during those spurts, but we were just unable to find that next goal in the two losses that we've had here. I know everybody wants to know what we're going to do, this or that, but we're going to go out and play. We have to practice tomorrow, they're away from the game today. We're going to look at some things as far as really a lot of the good things we've done. We're going to go out and play and try to gain momentum and maybe score two in a row.
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