April 19, 2011
Tortorella takes shot at 'whining' Capitals
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
It appears John Tortorella is not a connoisseur of fine whines.
Of course, that didn't stop him from subtly accusing the Washington Capitals of doing exactly that.
Asked for his reaction to the claims of Caps coach Bruce Boudreau that the Rangers have been targeting defenceman Mike Green, Tortorella left little to the imagination.
"Our mindset is, focusing on what we need to do and how we need to play, playing the right way and get ready for Game 4," Tortorella said. "We have confidence in the league and confidence in the officials that they won't be influenced by all the whining going on right now."
It wasn't a direct shot. It was more like a slight jab.
Of course, if the Rangers decide to leave a pile of crying towels in the Caps dressing room at Madison Square Garden prior to Game 4 Wednesday night, the point will be made.
Boudreau was upset at a play late in the second period of Game 3, claiming Marc Staal delivered a "dirty" shot to Green just seconds before Alex Ovechkin scored to tie it. Green confirmed the Rangers defenceman nailed him in the noggin.
"I mean, I'm used to it and I'm ready for it," Green said. "I did feel a blow to my head for whatever reason. Whether it was or was not intentional, it's over with."
Are the Rangers aiming high on him?
"I don't know. They're coming hard," Green said. "Whether it's high or just finishing their checks is irrelevant. They're coming so hard that, you know, it's hard to get out of the way. It is what it is. It's part of the game. I'm not complaining.
"I feel great ... I'm ready for whatever they want to throw at me."
As for Staal, he simply shrugged his shoulders when asked about the incident.
"I remember the play. I came across, he was cutting in the middle, and I tried to finish him, but I haven't seen it again," Staal said.
Whatever the case, the Rangers can smell blood. They see their physical play is taking a toll on the Caps and they plan on continuing it.
No matter how much fine whine it results in.