Tortorella hopes Blue Jackets 'have some skin' amid boos from home crowd
It was the Blue Jackets' fifth straight loss on home ice to start the season, and the disappointing start is clearly starting to wear on their supporters. Head coach John Tortorella - under whom the team has gone 2-3 - hopes his players can shake it off.
"You have to have some skin here. Everybody has skin in this game," Tortorella said Saturday, according to Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Post-Dispatch. "When things are going well, you love hearing that other stuff and all the things that come with success. You've got to be able to handle this stuff here. To me, I want to turn it around. It's still a very young team. If that is going to affect us, then we’ve got the wrong guys on the bus.
"And I don’t think it will affect us. I think these guys are proud and they want to fix this. The stuff that happens in the stands, that is all part of this business. So you need to have some skin."
Defenseman Ryan Murray, however, appeared at least a little shaken by the negative response.
"It’s definitely disappointing," Murray said. "They have a point, but ... there has to be some loyalty there, too.
"It’s not that we don't deserve (boos), but at the same time, we're trying to do everything we can. We're not going half-assed out there. We'd appreciate it if they'd be on our side a little more."
Things don't get any easier for the Blue Jackets, who head out out of Columbus for a three-game road trip through California beginning Tuesday in San Jose.