John Tortorella wants stronger mental approach for Rangers

John Tortorella coaches his team during the season

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John Tortorella coaches his team during the season opener against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston. (Jan. 19, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Hockey's oxymoronic nature has the Rangers feeling a bit like mournful optimists after Thursday's 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh, which dropped them below .500 (3-4-0) in this young but tightly compacted season.

What the team needs, coach John Tortorella said after Friday's optional workout, is to be "stronger mentally." Yet the apparent contradiction there -- sort of an accurate...

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