In about a seven-minute briefing this afternoon, the Rangers coach touched on a number of general topics---declining to discuss Marian Gaborik or breakdowns of scoring chances, for example---but offered some insights into his thinking for Game 2 on Friday.
"We need to get more scoring chances....We’ve got to think “shot” more. Our blue line especially, has to think “shot” more and the quicker you get it off, maybe they’re out of line a little bit. (He was referring a bit here to the 1-for-29 PP as well)
He thought the second PP was better than the no-shot first. "I thought the puck movement was good, Caber gets one blocked, we lose our screen on another."
During practice, Erik Christensen was between Garborik and Vinny Prospal. "We need to create more offense, I’m not putting Erik in there for his defensive purposes, he is a skilled guy and has given us some good minutes, After Game 1 there needs to be some improvement in our game and certainly creating offense is one of them. Let’s face it, we need to spend more time in their end zone, it’s a big part of our game."
Artem Anisimov was dropped to the fourth line, between Mats Zuccarello/Sean Avery and Chris Drury. Tortorella, however, chose not to reveal his lineup.
The other lines: Dubinsky-Stepan-Fedotenko; Wolski-Boyle-Prust. On D, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi rested and did not skate.
I asked about his assessment of the seven players who gained their first playoff experience: "Overall with the young guys I was happy, some guys in certain parts of the game, you could see there was a little anxiousness, that’s to be expected. This why we are happy that we’re in, it gets some of the young group some experience, and they’ll be better the next game. They’re going to have to be because they’re a big part of our club…and they will be."
In the playoffs, he said teams need "a big play at a key times, that determines winning and losing. It may be a great blocked shot, a great save, winning a battle in the the neutral zone...We’re down 1-0, they made a couple more big plays than we did. It’s not adversity, it's finding a way to be better for longer in a game."
And Tortorella looked back a bit on Game 1:
"I thought for parts--- really for a lot of the game----our defending wasn’t bad, We’re gonna have to be better,...but we’re in really good control, I thought our third period was our best period. They bang away, Step loses his stick, and it’s a big goal. (The two Alexes) are talented people, they’re going to get their shots and they shoot from everywhere."