The Rangers might have turned in their most impressive effort of the season on Halloween night, snapping the San Jose Sharks' five-game win streak. They actually had the power play clicking and outshot the Sharks 31-26.
But the win wasn't enough to impress Joe Thornton of the Sharks. After the game, he shared his thoughts on the Blueshirts. His brutally honest thoughts.
The road trip they just wrapped up included stops in New Jersey, Boston, Nashville, Detroit and Long Island in addition to Manhattan.
Then later there was Rangers coach John Tortorella's response, from Katie Strang at ESPN New York.
When told about Thornton's jab, Tortorella responded:
Simple enough retort from Torts.
Unfortunately, the Sharks and Rangers won't meet again this season -- unless it's in the Stanley Cup Final of course. That could make for a really fun rematch with Thornton's words being posted in the Rangers locker room.
But this might be -- even if John Tortorella won't say as much -- be a reason why the Rangers are recalling Sean Avery from the AHL. If nothing else, he'll bring a spark and an edge to the Rangers. But something tells me it wasn't said to be constructive criticism from Thornton.
Whatever the intent was, I'll bet the message was received from the Rangers and their fans. Now if only the Sharks could return to MSG this season, we could have another "Can you hear us?" moment.