by Patrick Hoffman on 04/10/10 at 07:32 PM ET
From great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:
Head coach John Tortorella, in all of his years behind the bench, has never once been a coach to that has used his fourth line all that often. By that I mean, he rather shorten the bench and rotate three lines in crucial situations and occasionally throw the fourth out there once or twice a period. That is, until he was confronted with the Shelley-Anisimov-Prust combination that has taken the coaching staff, and the fan base for that matter, by surprise.
Since Tortorella began rolling four lines, the team has been 7-1-1 and making a magical run at a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Not only has Torts changed to a four-line coach, but he has even went as far as starting the fourth trio in games, like last night’s against the Philadelphia Flyers for example.
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