by Patrick Hoffman on 01/14/11 at 05:18 PM ET
Isn’t it great? For the longest time, Rangers’ fans have been wanting to see a team that works hard every night and is rewarded for it. It appears that Tortorella has the team doing that this season.
“The most important part of this year is that we’re a team,” Torts said after practice Monday. “We’re finding ways to win hockey games with everyone contributing.”
The perfect example of this was last night. It featured great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, a timely goal from Blueshirt newcomer Wojtek Wolski, excellent penalty killing, a lot of shot blocking and in the end, it allowed the Rangers to shutout the best team in hockey in the Vancouver Canucks.
Even Wolski believes that the Rangers have a terrific atmosphere.
“It’s totally different [here],” said Wolski, “The style of play, the atmosphere at the rink— I’m very happy to be here.”
There is a lot of hockey left to be played but if the Rangers’ continue to play within themselves and within their identity, it will only breed more success as the season goes on.
“Every player has warts—nobody’s perfect—and it’s a matter of working with him,” he said. “It’s a matter of understanding him, him understanding the coaching staff, and teaching: teach how we’re going to play, teach what we want done, teach our standard.”
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