Tortorella gives expletive-filled motivational speech before epic comeback (VIDEO)

Apr 11 2019, 5:00 pm

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.

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.

Winnipeg Whiteout

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.

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