In each of the first three games of the series, the Columbus Blue Jackets always had an answer for the Washington Capitals.
The Caps built a two-goal lead in Game 1 and Game 2, and led twice in Game 3. Columbus was able to battle back and tie it each time.
In Game 4 on Thursday, however. the Blue Jackets had no answer in a 4-1 loss to Washington and that includes head coach John Tortorella.
"We weren't good," Tortorella said to the media after the game. "There's no sense asking me things about the game. I'm telling you, we laid an egg. I'm not going to break it down for you. We sucked. We sucked."
Tortorella is known for having some fiery interactions with the media. By his standard, Thursday's postgame presser was fairly tame.
The Capitals may have won Game 3, but Columbus certainly looked like the better team for most of the night. That was not the case in Game 4 as Washington dominated from start to finish. That led to the contentious postgame presser.
"We laid an egg," Tortorella said. "That's all I have to say, guys. I'm sorry, I'm not going to break it down for you. Nothing went well for us. It's on us, we have to figure it out and we will."
Reporters continued to press the head coach until he finally walked out.
Before you laugh too hard at this, it is important to consider that this may be a calculated move by Tortorella.
Sure, there have been times in which he has lost his temper in the past, but these outbursts may be more premeditated than we think.
Consider this. After their worst game of the series, a game in which the Blue Jackets only scored once and saw a 2-0 series lead evaporate in two games at home, we're talking about the head coach. We're not talking about the loss or the performance of the players. Instead, we are talking about Tortorella walking out on reporters.
Even if Tortorella was not willing to give any answers on Thursday, he will need to find some soon. The series now shifts back to Washington for Game 5 on Saturday with all the momentum on the Caps' side.