Latest John Tortorella News

Departing stars could slow progress for Blue Jackets

May. 8, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If the Blue Jackets' two best players leave town as expected, it will ripple through just about every move the team makes this summer. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and winger Artemi Panarin are unrestricted free agents and almost certainly are out the door. Retooling the roster to...

Tortorella says Columbus-Boston series will go to Game 7

May. 5, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it's not going to occur on home ice in Game 6. "Things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that — we'll be back here (in...

Pastrnak, Bruins beat Blue Jackets 4-3 for 3-2 series lead

May. 4, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak took control of the game, and then he took over the postgame news conference from linemate and Game 5 co-star Brad Marchand. After scoring twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 1:28 left, Pastrnak noticed that the man known as a "Little Ball of Hate" was getting a little...

The fast and furious: MacKinnon has Avs buzzing in playoffs

May. 3, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon received a text message from a good buddy just before the start of the playoffs. The basic point: Attack and dictate the pace. The speedy Colorado Avalanche forward has taken Sidney Crosby's advice to heart. Credit Crosby with an assist. MacKinnon is humming right now, with...

Bruins top Blue Jackets to even playoff series at 2-2

May. 3, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boston's stars were going to be kept off the scoresheet in this playoff series for only so long. David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had combined for 260 points in the regular season, but had been neutralized by the Columbus Blue Jackets through the first three games of...

Blue Jackets seek more history with every playoff game

May. 1, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs. Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff series (they swept Tampa Bay in the opening round), first appearance in the second round, first second-round game played...

Healthy Karlsson gives Sharks optimism heading into Game 3

Apr. 29, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Karlsson took the puck behind his own net and went on the type of end-to-end rush that has made him one of the NHL's most dynamic defensemen. Even though Karlsson's rush didn't lead to a goal and came in San Jose's 4-3 loss in Game 2 to Colorado, it encouraged the Sharks that...

Duchene, Columbus beat Bruins 3-2 in 2 OT, tie series 1-1

Apr. 28, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Patrice Bergeron at point-blank range in overtime. He also made an acrobatic save to stop a 90-foot dump-in that took a bad hop straight toward the net. Whatever the shot, the Blue Jackets goalie was ready. "There's not many goalies that stop that puck," said Matt...

Now up to speed, Blue Jackets try to rebound against Bruins

Apr. 27, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Now that the rust has been knocked off, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to even their second-round series with the Boston Bruins. Columbus had eight days off between sweeping Tampa Bay in the first round and opening the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins on Thursday....

Coyle scores 2, leads Bruins to 3-2 OT win over Columbus

Apr. 25, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle wasn't thinking about his first goal, which tied things up at the end of regulation. Or his second, which won it in overtime. What was weighing on him was the time he coughed up the puck and handed Columbus a goal, even though he redeemed himself by leading Boston to a 3-2...