John Tortorella: Rangers' broken play the right one
BOSTON - -- It was the right play, even if it led to the wrong result.
Brassard tried to feed Rick Nash near the left-wing boards. Zdeno Chara, with what Steve Eminger referred to as Chara's "eight-foot stick," tipped Brassard's pass, sending the trailing Bruins forwards the other way on an odd-man rush of their own that ended with Marchand's redirection past Henrik Lundqvist to decide the game.
"If the puck gets to Nasher there, he has a great scoring chance," Tortorella said. "It's the right play."
The Rangers defensemen can't second-guess their pinches and rushes as the series continues with Sunday afternoon's Game 2. The tight, physical play and consistent forechecking structure of both teams was on display for much of Game 1, with chances generated mostly inside the blue lines rather than off the rush.
McDonagh's play was one Tortorella wants to see every time. Perhaps forward Mats Zuccarello could have played the support role better by better containing Marchand, but jumping up on the rush is what the Rangers' defensemen want to do to create offense.
"We're trying to throw a four-man look at them as often as we can," Eminger said Friday at TD Garden. "Not only does that help us on offense, I think it helps with our gaps defensively as well. We're on our toes, ready to close on their guys rather than sitting back. We're in better position when we're ready to attack if we get the puck."
Of course, that doesn't factor in Chara, who was on the ice for 38:02 of the 75:40 played. He had nine shots on Lundqvist, the Bruins' first goal and the pass breakup that led to the winner.
"We seem to talk about this guy every time because of what he is," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Chara. "That was one of those things where the little details make a big difference in the game."
Perhaps the only thing the Rangers would change on that OT rush is Brassard accounting for the 6-9 Chara's stick. Other than that, there's no changes to the Rangers' attack, from the defense on up.
"There's nothing wrong with that play," Eminger said. "Brass made the right play. They just made a better one and got the rush they needed to score. We had our guys where we wanted them."