John Tortorella likes Derek Dorsett's spunk

Officials try to separate Boston Bruins right wing

Officials try to separate Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton from Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett as Thornton gets the upper hand in a fight during the first period. (May 25, 2013) (Credit: AP)

BOSTON - For the second consecutive game Saturday, Rangers coach John Tortorella chose to bench Brad Richards and Arron Asham, and deploy Derek Dorsett, Kris Newbury and Micheal Haley, known more for their energy and chippy play than offensive ability.

Dorsett played just 3:51, and collected 11 minutes in penalties, including seven in a fight with Shawn Thornton in the first period.

"He's going to be a really good player for us," Tortorella said. "I'd rather have him at that level, not being able to control himself, than a couple of players on the team I can't get to a level. It's much easier to have a player to try to tame him, rather than build a player up."

Defensive breakdowns

Ryan McDonagh, who played a team high 28:37, ticked off the differences in the series: uncharacteristic defensive flaws and dropping Game 3. "You look back and there were defensive breakdowns we usually don't give up, some goals, a couple overtime goals. Losing the lead at home in Game 3. Those are things that if you want to clinch a series, you have to bear down in those situations."

Nash: No excuses

Forward Rick Nash, who had just one goal in the two series, said he wasn't injured. "It's heartbreaking," said Nash, who had two shots and four attempts blocked Saturday. "We have a good team, good season, and we couldn't get the job done."

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