VIDEO: John Tortorella with a passionate defense of Brad Richards

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The New York Rangers made high-priced center Brad Richards a healthy scratch on Thursday night for Game 4 of their series against the Boston Bruins, and coach John Tortorella wanted to make something very clear after their overtime win -- he didn't make the move because he was blaming Richards for the Rangers' situation.

The money lines: "So none of you, don't put words in my mouth. It's not blaming Brad Richards, I've already heard enough of that crap already as far as this is concerned. He's a hell of a hockey player that's having a hell of a time. I need to make decisions for what I feel is right for the team to win tonight's game, and that's why I make that decision. This is a Conn Smythe winner, a guy I've grown up with, a guy that I love -- as a person and a player. But I have to make that decision regarding this. So kiss my ass if you want to write something different. It's not about blaming that guy and I don't want anybody to pile on him. This is my decision and I make it for the hockey club."

And that's why John Tortorella's press conference are still must-see in the playoffs, whether they're 30 seconds long or seven minutes.

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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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