|New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was not happy with his team following Tuesday's loss.. (Getty Images)|
The New York Rangers were a popular preseason pick to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final, and after the first 15 games of the season they've yet to look anything like such a team. They're off to a sluggish start and continued it on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
Coach John Tortorella, as he tends to be after ugly losses (or any loss. And sometimes even wins), seemed to be in a sour mood and called the game "one of the worst hockey games I've ever been involved in," while also adding "just two bad teams playing and we were worse than they were."
Now that's the Tortorella we've come to know and love.
Just a few quick comments on all of this. Regarding the Montreal Canadiens, their win on Tuesday moved them into the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 23 points. It's a surprise given how bad they were a year ago, and whether they're for real or not they're definitely not a bad team at this point.
That said, Tortorella is right about one thing: This game was absolutely brutal to watch, unless you happen to like sloppy offense, a lot of blocked shots, and pucks fired off the boards as two teams struggle to hit the net and generate any sort of consistent scoring threat. For the first 10 minutes, the two teams combined for one actual shot on goal.
Heck, it took the Canadiens 17 minutes of clock time to record their first shot of the game.
New York wasn't aided by the fact it had to play Tuesday's game without forward Rick Nash, who was out with an undisclosed injury. When Tortorella was asked whether there was an update prior to the game he simply said there was none.