By Michael RussoNew York Rangers coach John Tortorella talks about his team’s upcoming matchup with the San Jose Sharks.
The New York Rangers have clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time in three years.
It’s a milestone for a team that hasn’t been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2012 and was in the midst of a playoff slide when they made the Stanley Final in 2017.
But they’re not done yet.
The Rangers are currently in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference and are in position to win the Stanley Championship if they win the final four games of the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Stanley Cup Final series with the Montreal, the Flyers and the Montreal-Philadelphia rivalry is in the balance.
The game between the Rangers and the Sharks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden will be played in New York City, which is why the Rangers have opted to move the game from its usual home to Brooklyn.
The NHL announced the move Monday night, which was done to avoid a long playoff trip to New York, a city with a hockey fan base and an arena that’s home to the Brooklyn Nets.
It was a tough decision, said Tortorello, who was on the sidelines at the Garden for the announcement.
It was a decision that was made after the fans, the players and the coaches all had a chance to speak to each other, listen to what everyone had to say and make some decisions.
Tortorella, who is a former team president, said the move was a logical one.
He was aware that if the fans wanted to see a game in New Jersey, the city is going to demand it.
Tottering along to a playoff berth in 2016, Tortorellas team went 3-7-0 during the regular-season before losing in the first round of the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan, who played for the Rangers in 2013-14 and won a Stanley Cup with the club, said he was disappointed that the team would move the matchup to Brooklyn but was still happy for the fans.
Trenton, a suburb of Brooklyn, has a population of about 2.5 million people, which made it a great home for the team.
The Islanders defeated the Sharks 4-1 in overtime to advance to the second round of this year’s playoffs.
In the second period, Callahan was penalized by the referee after being assessed a penalty on his stick.
The referee made a call and called the puck over the boards, but the referee then called a faceoff to try and call a penalty.
Callahan took the penalty instead and went to the penalty box, where he was stopped for roughing and fighting.
The crowd erupted, and the ref called a penalty and a minor penalty, with the game being tied 1-1.
It went against everything we do,” Tortorelli said.”
It was the right call, and it was tough for us, and we didn’t want to have that happen.
But it was a good call and it’s a good team.
“The Rangers will be without forwards Brian Boyle and James Neal, who both missed the game due to injury.
They also lost forward Derek Stepan to an upper-body injury.
Forward Jason Chimera missed his third straight game due an upper body injury.