It was like a scene from a movie.
With his team preparing to face the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, who just posted the fourth-highest point total in NHL history, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella came prepared.
Before Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, Torts gave one of his signature motivational speeches.
Fox Sports Ohio had a camera there for us to see:
“You stand in there and you don’t take a f*cking backwards step,” Torts demanded.
If this was from a movie, the speech would have taken place during the second intermission, shortly before the Blue Jackets erased a 3-1 third-period deficit for the surprising 4-3 win.
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Instead, it took place before the game, and while Columbus came out hitting, they also surrendered three first period goals.
But hey, a win’s a win.
After the game, Tortorella called out the media for bad body odour.
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Never change, Torts.
Here are some other great moments from the first night of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs:
First OT winner of the playoffs
Great moves by Mathew Barzal, leading to the overtime goal by Josh Bailey to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
This never gets old.
Subban in playoff-form
This was a great goal by PK Subban in a losing effort.
That’s using your face
That’s one way to score a goal, Joe Pavelski.