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Torts: Using "Pray" was a joke, and his take on motivation

Rangers head coach John Tortorella speaks to his

Rangers head coach John Tortorella speaks to his team during a second period timeout against the New Jersey Devils. (May 14, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Third question into John Tortorella's morning presser:

"I know I used the word 'pray" yesterday. It was a joke. There are a lot more important things to pray about than a win or a goal. So can I clear that up, please?...I have total confidence in our guys."

I asked Tortorella if he needed to change the way he motivates players or if they actually needed any:

"This time of year, with Gabby or Brian Boyle, it's not sending messages, it's not going in there and givign your big speech. I have too much respect for the hockey club. They don;t need that. This team wouldn't be where it's at if they didn't know how to handle these situations. This time of year, a coach needs to be with them, not at them."

"We do need a good one (start). When we start talking about a must-game or a must-start, I don't like going there. What happens iof something doesn't go right for you, we throw the last 50 minutes away? There's no question Jersey right on through the playoffs, they have blitzed teams and gained momentum...we'd like to get that on our side right away."

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Here's Carl Hagelin also on the need for a good start:

"It's not easy for our D to spend 15 out of the first 20 minutes in their own end. When that happens, it's going to be a long night."  He also mentioned this: "Some games, you need some puck luck; hopefully this is one of those games."

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