April 10, 2019. Tampa, Florida. Minutes before the start of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella gives his team a rousing motivational speech for the ages:
Who's ready to run through a brick wall for Torts!? #CBJ pic.twitter.com/vec8lK3vDh— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) April 11, 2019
“Forget about skills. Forget about X’s and O’s. It’s a [expletive] mindset of [expletive] believing,” Tortorella said. “It’s amazing what can [expletive] happen. So you stand in there, and you don’t take a [expletive] backward step, not for a [expletive] second.
”Stand face to face with them and take it right [expletive] to them. There is no one taking a [expletive] backward step here.”
We all know what happened next:
the team got run off the ice 3-0 in the first period.
But AFTER that, the Jackets rallied to shock the world by scoring four unanswered goals against the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.
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