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Rangers coach John Tortorella has been named as one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which is the presented annually to the NHL's top coach. The other finalists are Ottawa's Paul MacLean and St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock.
Tortorella, who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, guided the Rangers to first place in the Eastern Conference with a 51-24-7 record, their best regular-season performance since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994.
This is the third award for which a member of the Rangers has been nominated as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is a finalist for the Vezina and Hart trophies.
MacLean made his NHL debut as a head coach with Ottawa after spending six seasons as an assistant with Detroit and led the Senators to a playoff berth.
Ottawa, which was picked to finish last in the Eastern Conference according to some preseason predictions, pushed the Rangers to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
Hitchcock took over as Blues' coach in early November with the team 6-7. He led the Blues to a 43-15-11 record and a second-place finish in the Western Conference.
Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma won the Adams award last year.