Capitals coach Dale Hunter may never be nominated as one of the worlds great orators, but compared to Rangers coach John Tortorella hes a wordsmith.
Tortorellas meetings with the media through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals have been as awkward as they have been brief, filled with long silences and abrupt, cryptic exchanges.
Heres a sampling after the Capitals 3-2 win Monday night:
On Henrik Lundqvists first-period giveaway that led to Jason Chimeras goal: Its a free one.
On his assessment of Brian Boyles return to the lineup: Im not going to assess it to you.
On Brad Richards third-period holding penalty that led to Alex Ovechkins game-winning goal: What did I see? It doesnt matter what I see.
On what he thought of the call: No answer.
On if more open ice resulted in more shots in Game 2: I dont know.
On his decision to switch top-line winger Marian Gaborik for rookie Chris Kreider in the third period: Dont ask me about my moves. Im not going to give you that type of information.
On if anything has to change for his team in Game 3: That will be between the team and I.
Geez, it makes you wonder what great lines Torts is saving up for the press corps in D.C. for the next four days.