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Torts angry over penalties

1/20/2013
John Tortorella wasted no time sounding off after Saturday's loss to the Bruins. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

In news that will shock no one, coach John Tortorella seemed disgusted with some of the penalties taken by the Rangers in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.

Among the most abhorrent?

Brian Boyle's unsportsmanlike conduct, received after the third-line center argued a goaltender interference call at 9:05 of the first.

"That's a penalty with the goalie. It's a penalty," Tortorella chided. "He needs to shut his g------ mouth. It's just momentum. It's a game of momentum. It certainly gave them that."

Tortorella also blasted Carl Hagelin's two infractions as "stupid." The second-year-winger, who struggled in his first game of the season on a top line with veteran center Brad Richards and star acquisition Rick Nash, was whistled for interference just 19 seconds into the game and returned to the box in the third on a hooking call.

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Defenseman Marc Staal is fine despite a close call at the end of the second period. Staal limped toward the bench after blocking a shot with his right leg with time winding down but returned in the third period without missing a shift.

After the game, Staal said the shot hit a nerve and caused some momentary distress but posed no issue the rest of the game.

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Lundqvist's highlight-reel save to rob David Krejci in the third period, a diving stop to snatch the shot out of mid-air before it crossed the goal line, was pure instinct rather than evidence that he is back to regular-season form.

"A save like that is desperation and reaction," he said. "I'm looking for consistency and making decisions. It's a fun save to make but it doesn't say whether my game is where it needs to be."