N.Y. Rangers Fire Coach John Tortorella

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday, after the club was ousted from the Stanley Cup playoffs in five games by the Boston Bruins.

In 315 regular season games, the 54-year-old Tortorella compiled a record of 171-115-29, leading the Blueshirts to the postseason four times. Last season, he took the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost in six games to the New Jersey Devils.

“There wasn’t one specific reason that I decided to make this choice,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather said on a conference call. “It was the choice of how we’re going to get better.”

Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship in 2004.

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