John Tortorella Is Confident in the Blue Jackets' Ability To Extend The Series

By Jacob Nitzberg on May 6, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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It's do or die, folks.

In today's pre-game press conference, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella spoke on the confidence of his team, and the psychological impact of Game 5' third period on both teams. 

"I think we've put a dent in Rask coming into Game 6 here. That's so important," Tortorella said.

The Blue Jackets' offense struggled mightily in Game 4 and through most of Game 5, but in the third period of Game 5, some jumbling of the lines helped give the Blue Jackets' offense the spark they needed to put three pucks by Tuukka Rask and tie the game up late in regulation. 

If Rask is truly dented, the Blue Jackets should have an easier time scoring than they have for the majority of the series. Does Tortorella really believe Rask is dented? Is he playing mind games? The answer is probably a little bit of both.

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