A fiery John Tortorella didn't mince words in his press conference following his team's Game 6 loss in Boston Saturday night.
When asked if his team could draw on their play of the final 10 minutes that saw the Blue Jackets twice battle back to eliminate two-goal deficits before going on to lose 4-3, the Blue Jackets head coach was short and to the point.
“Absolutely. We had a problem at the beginning of the third. Although we didn't create a bunch of offense, we didn't give them much, either. We had a surge in the third, we came back. Absolutely. Things happen for a reason. We have chances to tie it again, didn't.
“Things happen for a reason. I truly believe that. We'll be back here for Game 7.”
Asked what gave him the confidence to say his team would win Game 6 and return to TD Garden for Game 7, Tortorella simply said, “Because we will.”
The Blue Jackets will look to stave off elimination Monday night in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.