The Washington Times - April 23, 2011, 01:20PM

A lot of interviews and no games make for short pregame chats with Bruce Boudreau and John Tortorella. Two hours before faceoff of Game 5 at Verizon Center, the coaches for the Capitals and Rangers we’re short and to the point about this one.

It’s an elimination game for New York, so Tortorella joked about standing with his back against a wall for his scrum with local and D.C. media.

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“We’re ready to play today,” Tortorella said. “Young, old, middle-aged, whatever you wanna be, we’re ready to play today.”

As for lessons that can be gleaned from this kind of experience the usually combative but upbeat coach said: “You can ask me after. I probably won’t answer you but you can ask me after. We’re going to be ready to play.”

Down the hallway in front of the home locker room, Boudreau answered a grand total of two questions – the second about Mike Green and the power play. The first was about what could make the difference in this game where the Caps have the chance to end the series.

“I think in the end it’s gonna be who wins more one-on-one battles and like a lot of games who’s gonna win the special teams,” Boudreau said. “And then the third thing if you were gonna ask me, after watching the first four games, would be who gets a break? Who gets the lucky bounce? That’s the way the series has been going, so I assume it’s gonna continue going like that.”

Now, it’s time for hockey.