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John Tortorella has been a successful NHL coach, leading the Lightning to a Stanley Cup title in 2004 and helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final last season.
But Tortorella's system is very conservative and last week provided further evidence that that system is hurting the Rangers.
Sure, the Rangers won Saturday's game at the Nassau Coliseum over the New York Islanders 1-0 in overtime, but during the game, the Islanders outplayed the Rangers for most of the game and only a few posts and great goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist helped keep the Isles off the scoreboard.
If you go examine their rosters top to bottom, the Rangers have more offensive talent than the Islanders. Yet under Torts' system, they played like the less-talented team and it hurt them.
Despite having Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan and formerly Marian Gaborik on their roster, the Rangers are near the bottom of the league in goals scored. Tortorella's conservative style is a huge reason for this.
This conservative approach may have worked better in the last year of the "Dead Puck Era," but right now, it is not the right approach for the New York Rangers.