Rangers Notebook: Totorella on team’s effort, Gaborik disappearance

Tortorella looks like this even when not in a press conference.
MITCHELL LAYTON/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES

The theme that emanated from all corners of the Rangers’ dressing room after Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss in Game 2 was that they were outworked by the Devils.
 
John Tortorella echoed his players’ premise during a conference call Thursday afternoon.
 
“To be honest, not many,” Tortorella said when asked about positives from the game. “We played some minutes in the second period, [and] found a way to score some power-play goals. But other than that, we didn’t play enough minutes.”
 
Even though the official stat sheet shows that the Rangers threw more hits (39-34) and blocked more shots (16-7), it was the Devils who were the aggressor throughout Game 2. The Rangers spent the majority of the evening chasing the puck instead of playing with it.
 
“We just didn’t do [enough] for a number of minutes in that game, and that’s something that needs to be rectified.
 
“We have a way we like to play.  I think there are some corrections in our game we have to make. But it simply comes down to a little bit of will and a mindset,” Tortorella said.
                                                                                                             
Gaborik sat down
 
When asked about sitting Marian Gaborik for much of the third period Wednesday night, Tortorella would not delve into specifics.
 
Gaborik only played 3:07 in the final period of Game 2. He totaled 15:21 of ice time with two shots on goal and made a poor defensive play on Ryan Carter’s game-tying goal.
 
“I’m not going to get into individual players,” Tortorella said. “I think as you go into playoffs and you go into the momentum swings of winning a game and losing a game, it’s not one individual guy.  Certainly in last night’s game, it wasn’t one individual guy that we end up on the wrong side of that [score].  There are a number of things that we have to be better at as a team.  The Xs and Os and the mental part both come into our play come Saturday.”

Crossing the Hudson

Historically, Blueshirts fans have invaded the Prudential Center and, before that, the Meadowlands for Rangers-Devils games. As the Devils prepare to host Games 3 and 4, Devils captain Zach Parise and head coach Pete DeBoer hope the Prudential Center can rival Madison Square Garden as a true home-ice advantage.
 
“It’s always nice playing in your own building,” DeBoer said. “The crowd can always breathe some life into your team. I thought [the Garden] did with the Rangers in the third period [of Game 1]. I thought when they scored that goal in the third period the crowd got them into it, and I thought really gave them an extra gear.
     
“The trick is to make sure you give your crowd something to be involved in and make sure the other team doesn’t control the play or dictate the game,” DeBoer said.
 
Added Parise: “During the regular season, if we were to get scored on, then you see them all cheering, and I think they cheer extra loud when they’re in our building. That’s when you realize how many Ranger fans we have in our building. But hopefully there won’t be too many blue jerseys in the stands for these two home games.”

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.