NEW YORK | Saturday’s season finale isn’t just a chance for the New York Rangers to hone their game going into the playoffs. They can clinch the best record in the NHL, home ice advantage throughout and the Presidents’ Trophy by beating the Washington Capitals.
“I want us to win that trophy. I do,” coach John Tortorella said Saturday afternoon. “I think that’s a part of our motivation. I’ll tell you that right now.”
Tortorella did not take well earlier this season to owner James Dolan’s comments that the Rangers were “pretty close” to winning another Stanley Cup. But Saturday he brought it up in connection with his team’s accomplishments this season and goals moving forward..
“You check off the division, you check off the conference. There’s two other checks that need to be done here,” Tortorella said. “One is this Presidents’ Trophy and the next is the real deal.”
Asked about previous games against the Caps and how they’re different under Dale Hunter, Tortorella wouldn’t even address it.
“I don’t care; I don’t know anything about them,” he said. “We’re going to worry about ourselves.”
Tortorella was more tight-lipped when asked about the $20,000 fine the NHL handed down for his comments Thursday night about the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the league,” Tortorella told reporters in Pittsburgh. “They whine about this stuff all the time and look what happens. … They’ll whine about something else over there starting with their two [expletive] stars.”
Asked if there was anything he wanted to say about the fine, Tortorella said: “Nothing.” Asked if he had anything he could say, Tortorella responded: “Nothing.”