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“He’s John Tortorella”

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

"Thumbs down" to what rates a "thumbs up" in Columbus these days - a one-goal loss. In John Tortorella's first game behind the bench, the Blue Jackets were beaten 3-2 by Minnesota on Thursday night. Their first one-goal loss of the season, it was. The trouble is, of course, they don't have their first win yet.

But they do have their first taste of Tortorella. He's not just Todd Richards' replacement - he's John Tortorella, the coach who has run out of jobs... until he lands the next one. It seems there will always be another one, though Mike Keenan might have spoiled it for him in Russia. The Columbus players know about him if they don't actually know him. He has their attention already. Star centre Ryan Johansen was removed from the top line with Nick Foligno and Brandon Saad and didn't see the ice in the last six minutes of the loss to the Wild. Quite predictable and hardly dramatic that Torts would announce his arrival that way.

He preaches patience while he desperately seeks to end his new team's record-breaking eight-game losing streak. Thus, he is surely impatient. But don't ask him to explain his conflicting priorities. He's John Tortorella. 

read on for a look at the Habs goaltending...+

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