Coach rips Marian Gaborik, Rangers

Updated: November 26, 2010, 11:45 AM ET
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New York Rangers coach John Tortorella attacked his own players late Wednesday night with much more force than they showed in their lackluster 5-3 loss on the road to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"We couldn't even make a pass," Tortorella said, according to the New York Post. "We couldn't even chip a puck in. We just looked brain-dead through the first part of that game. Why? I don't know ... I wish I had the answer.

"I know there's a few guys that are tired. You never want to use that as an excuse, but there's been a group, a handful of guys who have done a lot of work for this club. We need the other handful that haven't to come and play our next game."

Tortorella was especially angry at winger Marian Gaborik.

"He's supposed to be our best player," Tortorella said. "I looked at their best players, and they were pretty good tonight. I didn't see our best players."

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