TORONTO – It’s nights like this when you miss the old John Tortorella, the fiery guy who wouldn’t have showered his winless World Cup of Hockey team with platitudes.
Instead, the guy at the podium after Team USA’s 4-3 loss to the lowly Czech Republic on Thursday night praised many aspects of his team’s game and cautioned the hockey world not to put the plunger down and blow up the program after its flop in Toronto.
“I thought we played hard. For most of that game, I thought we did the things we needed to do. We developed some scoring chances. Just couldn’t score enough,” he said.
“I’ll take the hits. I like the team. I liked how they were before the game. I liked them on the bench tonight.”
Some of the players who spoke after the game defended their coach and coaching staff as well.
“There should be no blame for those guys. Those guys did a great job, it’s on the players,” said forward Justin Abdelkader, who scored a goal in the loss. :The players, we either make the coaches look goodRead More »from Tortorella: Don’t lose your mind over Team USA World Cup failure