Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

John Tortorella is a real comedian

John Tortorella

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella yells during NHL hockey practice at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. For the third straight series, Rangers return home from a Game 4 loss and try to regain control. The Rangers have one day to regroup before they welcome the New Jersey Devils back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


Yesterday when we heard about John Tortorella talking about praying for offensive success it kind of made sense given how much of a hard time his Rangers have had putting the puck in the net. When in doubt seek a higher source, right?

Turns out Tortorella is just a regular Louis C.K. on the side. During this morning’s meeting with the press, Tortorella was asked about his confidence in his offensive players to score goals and decided to make sure we were all in on the jokes.

“I have total confidence in our players. Again, this isn’t a new experience for us as we go into tonight’s game. So I have total confidence,” Tortorella said.

“I know I used that word ‘pray’ yesterday. It was a joke. There are a lot more important things to pray about than a win or a goal. So can I clear that up, please?”

The comment got a laugh out of reporters, but things have been so bad offensively for the Rangers that some might’ve taken him at his word about asking for divine intervention. With Martin Brodeur in goal and the Devils pressuring with an intense forecheck it might take an act of god to bring a plague of goals.