Rangers Coach Tortorella Says Media Needs to Be Held Accountable As Well

Rangers Coach Tortorella Says Media Needs to Be Held Accountable As Well

Plenty was made about New York Rangers Coach John Tortorella's remarkably curt presser after a loss to the Devils in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans ate it up because it was rather hilarious to watch go down and the media criticized him because answering questions is part of the job description of an NHL coach. Torts being so short makes others' jobs much more difficult.

Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy has a clip today from Tortorella joining Bob Costas on his NBCSN show to discuss the now infamous presser.

Wyshynski ends by asking the question, "do you cut Tortorella a break that he's just not emotionally cut out for this stuff? Or do you wonder how 29 other coaches in the NHL avoid these blowups, while Tortorella has become infamous for them?"

Personally, I think you cut him a little bit of a break, but dude shouldn't get a free pass just because it doesn't come easily to him.

The point I found most interesting -- and as someone who has been in reporter scrums following games and can attest to -- is that there are at times some really bad questions asked. And often times from people who have written quite negative things about said interviewee in the past as well.

Torts says there needs to be some accountability on the side of the reporters, which I think is a good point. But how? That's the tougher question in my mind. Especially in the Internet age, if a reporter writes something completely offbase, inflammatory, and often laughable, it's more likely to get talked about/seen/pageviews.

Is there a checks and balance for that kind of thing? I don't have an answer.

Also, in the current cable TV news situation, the scrums and pressers aren't strictly the domain of the reporters grinding out their stories any longer. They are televised theatre, an extension of the game that continues the narrative through until the next one.

The fact that Torts is the head coach on a good hockey team in New York City certainly puts a microscope on anything he says as well. I don't believe he gets a total break, but it's easier to see where he's coming from.

Ilya Bryzgalov talks goalies playing in contract year, Las Vegas and more

Ilya Bryzgalov talks goalies playing in contract year, Las Vegas and more

Gotta love Bryz, right?

Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was his usual humorous, unpredictable self in a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca's Luke Fox.

From what he's doing now to talking pressure as a goalie, here are some of the highlights ...

On a goalie's mental state when job security is up in the air (referenced to Flyers goalie Steve Mason)
“So many goalies take the job for a long time, so it’s easy to be out of game. You worry. You want to find a long-term job, pay bills. It’s not a secret. That’s why when there’s no [contractual] certainty and you don’t see 100 percent confidence from your team, it might affect your game. If the season’s not going well, you start thinking about it.”

On his son playing goalie
"He chose it. He’s the guy who gives his team a chance to win. Make some saves. But he plays as a player once a week, too. Shoots the puck on goalies every Wednesday pretty much.”

On being a hockey dad
“I’m pretty calm. I only get upset when I see the referees make the bad calls. The kids work so hard and play so passionately, you can’t take sides. Only when the referee’s unfair.”

On being a pro hockey player in Las Vegas
"I’m family guy, settled down. I’ve never been too emotional or casino-addicted. For me, no problem. For the young guys to play there, it causes trouble, man. Difficult trouble. … The young ones with the cash? Las Vegas can provide lots of scenes, know what I mean?"

The rest is just as good. For the full Q&A, read Fox's article right here.

Also, Bryzgalov will be a part of Sportsnet's trade deadline coverage next Wednesday.

And side note: Bryz remains active on Twitter. And remains random as ever.

Just look at his last tweet ...

Best of NHL: Capitals edge Oilers for 13th straight home win

Best of NHL: Capitals edge Oilers for 13th straight home win

WASHINGTON -- Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night to tie the franchise record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

Williams' game-winner in the third period was his 19th of the season. Washington's streak of home games with five-plus goals ended at 11, but Braden Holtby made 30 saves to pad the team's lead atop the NHL.

Evgeny Kuznetsov didn't have a point but was arguably the Capitals' best player against Edmonton. They have now outscored opponents 64-20 during their home winning streak.

Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season for Edmonton, which got 24 saves from goaltender Cam Talbot (see full recap).

Hurricanes’ Lack posts ninth career shutout
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eddie Lack stopped 34 shots for his ninth career shutout to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Viktor Stalberg scored, and Phillip DiGiuseppe had two assists to help Carolina snap a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and move out of last place in the Eastern Conference.

Lack (2-3-1) was making just his sixth start of the season due to concussion issues.

Craig Anderson finished with 41 saves for Ottawa, which snapped a three-game road winning streak. The Senators squandered a chance to move into first place in the Atlantic Division.

Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson moved past Kyle Turris into sole possession of second place on the franchise's consecutive games played list with 308 (see full recap).

Johnson leads Flames past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Chad Johnson made 36 saves during his first start in five games to lead the Calgary Flames past the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Troy Brouwer, Mikael Backlund, Deryk Engelland and Sam Bennett had the goals for the Flames, who scored three straight in less than five minutes midway through the first period.

Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 24 shots in his first start in three games.

The Panthers, coming off the first five-game road sweep in franchise history, have lost two in a row.

Calgary stretched its lead to 3-1 when Engelland swept in a loose puck in the crease with 6:09 left in the first (see full recap).