Rangers' Tortorella trades barbs with media

Associated Press Published: May 1, 2012
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Tortorella wouldn't answer with any depth about the Capitals' limited use of their star Ovechkin, who played only 13 minutes, 36 seconds in Washington's win on Monday. Despite playing his fewest minutes in a game in which he wasn't injured, Ovechkin scored the tiebreaking goal on a third-period power play.

"I don't worry or comment about the other team," he said.

Nor would he comment on the status of injured Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky, who has missed two straight games.

"I'm not going to give you updates on lineups or injuries, so let's just move right by that," Tortorella said.

How about his decision to switch up his lines, moving struggling top scorer Marian Gaborik down and elevating rookie Chris Kreider, who has played only seven NHL games — all in these playoffs — but has managed to net two game-winning goals?

"There was a number of different things I was trying to do," he said.

But when asked if he would share those, the answer was a terse, "No."

He even cut off a question about being a finalist for coach of the year. Tortorella said the time to ask about that was on Monday when it was announced he was among the top three in votes.

So as long as the Rangers stay alive in the playoffs, the interaction between Tortorella and the growing number of media members will likely become more and more strained.

But if his club keeps winning, Tortorella won't mind a bit.

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