Following the Rangers practice, which he classified as good but added “quite honestly that doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot,” John Tortorella told the media, including SNY, that only thing the Rangers are focusing right now is retrieving their mindset.
He adds that right now the Rangers either don’t have an identity or they have the wrong one and that it “needs to be corrected now.” Tortorella said that the team knows where they have to be mentally and that, “we place a lot of emphasis on mindset, on our identity. We are not hard enough mentally and that certainly transforms into not being hard enough physically.”
Tortorella said that the team needs to return to playing with the motto that they had on their playoff shirts last year, “our team knows how to play the game the right way. That is all I am saying, they need to play the game the right way.”
Rick Nash followed up and said “we need to find an identity, playing these guys last year they had an identity that you never wanted to play against them. They are a hard working team and we need to get back to that. It has to change tomorrow night.
He went on to add, “we just need to start playing the right way.”