Recap: John Tortorella on The Michael Kay Show (Talks Carl Hagelin/Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle, Henrik Lundqvist)

  • On a win like yesterday, “You take the two point and you go as quickly as you can. We try to approach our game is how we play. I just don’t think we played all that well when we were up 3-0. You need to make your players aware of how we are playing. I didn’t think we played all that well in the game and frankly Henrik stole it for us.”
  • “Henrik was sensational. They were more physical than we were. We just didn’t have the puck. I thought their goaltending was awful and that is why we won.”
  • “I don’t think it holds too much credence as far as challenging. I really believe that our game is coming. Prior to Boston we had the puck more, more willing on the boards, that is where our game is, that is how you need to play Boston. We are getting there. We still have a lot of work to do in a lot of areas. Henrik is playing much better after struggling early on.”

  • On Boyle, “I’m not sending a message. We changed our team a little bit. I thought we were struggling with our foundation. When you lose the guys we did, the middle of your team is gone. I thought we were really struggling. We tried the kids, they played pretty well. Powe has done some really good things for us. You have some balance and someone has to sit out. I don’t think Brian was playing that well. He could be back in tomorrow, I’m still not sure of what the lineup is tomorrow.”
  • On Lundqvist being better, “I try to stay away from him with the technical stuff. The biggest thing with Henrik is focus. That is where I think he has improved leaps and bounds from when I got here. He is demanded in a lot of areas in the city. Henrik challenges himself. He is one of the best competitors I have ever met, ever coached. He will always find his way because of who he is.”
  • On Hagelin, “The play Nash makes yesterday was just unbelievable  He created so much offense with his legs. He drove Chara crazy. It was our best line. They had the puck. He is just finding his way. He creates havoc just by skating. I think Gabby is struggling a little bit because he isn’t skating. I think Gabby should look at Hags and think ‘that is what I should be doing.” Hags has done some really good things for us.”
  • On coaching with more urgency, “absolutely. We have shortened our bench, especially on the back end, I thought Rupper was slow. So we add the kids and Powe and I am able to play four lines. I have played four lines more the last few games than I have at any point in my time here. We don’t have enough time to let players work through their mistakes. We aren’t going to waste time and we need to try and win each game.”
  • On Biron, “We are still going with the philosophy we had last year. I think that is so important for Henrik. He gets sloppy when he plays a lot and he begins to lose his game. You can’t practice at a high level when you play as much as he was. We put Marty in so Henrik can work hard in practice.”
  • On Lundqvist and the shootout, “We have mentioned during OT that we want to win it now, but we don’t want to be stupid about it because we have a really good one in the shootout. I don’t want us on our heels or being protective of going to a shootout because then it is in the back of your net. I want them to be smart about it.”
  • On if he is happy with the team, “No. I am thrilled we got two points in Boston. THey are one of the best teams in the league. I wouldn’t say I am not happy. I just don’t want to be content. I think we need to be better, I think we need to be more willing and be a stiffer team to play against. Yesterday, as far as the stiffness, I thought we were overmatched o
  • On Giannone being hit with the puck, (joking) “wake up, watch the game. It was a bit of a knuckleball, someone could have caught it. He could have gotten really hurt if the puck came at a higher speed. It was a bit of a knuckleball.  He is a good man. I felt bad for him.”
  • On the Yankees, “I have been living under a rock and not paying attention”