A full Rangers squad went through their practice here at Verizon Center today. Chris Drury was out there and in his normal place on the second line. Both he and coach John Tortorella had the same things to say about the undisclosed injury as yesterday — he is a game-time decision.
There was more banter about the officiating from Game 1 by both coaches today (clearly having an extra day for gamesmanship is a plus for the media). When asked about what John Tortorella said yesterday (quick recap: Dan Girardi’s penalty “brutal”, no call on Mike Green drilling Fredrik Sjostrom bad), Bruce Boudreau had this to say:
“[The Rangers] should have had 12 or 13 penalties instead of the seven they had,” Boudreau said. “In my humble opinion, the Mike Green thing was a penalty [when Sean Avery collided with him, not the Sjostrom non-call]. They scored their second goal when they slashed [Shaone] Morrisonn’s stick and broke it. It’s tough for referees to get them all, but I definitely think they got the benefit of it.”
Totorella had his own brand of ref-tweaking. The first question of his press conference was about the face-offs, which were 70 percent in favor of the Caps in Game 1.
“We were terrible, but they are a good face-off team with [Sergei] Fedorov and [Nicklas] Backstrom,” Tortorella said. “I guess my biggest concern is I just want to make sure the face-offs are legal. From the tape I watched, I just hope the face-offs are legal. The tying up and kicking can’t be done until the puck hits the ice, and a number of them I don’t think were, so that is something of a concern.”
Expect plenty more of this type of banter from these two coachs as this series progresses.
Here was the lineup from Rangers practice:
Sean Avery-Scott Gomez-Nik Antropov
Markus Naslund-Chris Drury-Ryan Callahan
Lauri Korpikoski-Brandon Dubinsky-Nikolai Zherdev
Fredrik Sjostrom-Blair Betts-Colton Orr/Aaron Voros
Wade Redden-Michal Rozsival
Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Paul Mara-Derek Morris