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Rangers can’t hold third period lead and lose 4-3 in OT to CBJ

10:08PM: David Quinn met with the media on MSG following the loss and said:

  • “we can’t let this get in the way of us moving on. Practice tomorrow and get ready for Nashville.”
  • On the game, “bottom line is that we had a chance to do things right before the icing, which allowed the defensive zone faceoff and that is all we can control. There are situations where we had chances to get out and we didn’t execute what we were supposed to do. We spent some time in our end that we shouldn’t have and we took an icing.”
  • On the impact of the faceoff issue, “you can look at it that way but I’m gonna focus on what we can do better and what we can control about not putting us in that position.”
  • On the amount of OT, “we play an extra 52 seconds or whatever it was, that isn’t going to wear us down.”
  • On going with the five forwards on the PP, “after long deliberation and looking at our options, we decided that instead of abandoning what we wanted to do, try to make it better and they got it done. I really liked how we worked it this morning, it was really the first chance we had to work on that alignment, that is one of the reasons why we stuck with it. It wasn’t a big sample for us to blow it up. Emotionally I wanted to blow it up after the game the other night but after talking about it, cooler heads prevailed and we tried to work on making it better.”

9:56PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that it comes down to skill to close out games and that it’s on him to make the extra save. “We can’t look outside the room, it’s in here. We have to figure it out. We are in games and doing a lot of good things. (MSG)



9:47PM: First Period:

  •  Oliver Bjorkstrand Assists: Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson
  • Jimmy Vesey Assists: Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • David Savard Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Scott Harrington

Second Period:

  • Chris Kreider (Power Play) Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes

Third Period:

  • Chris Kreider Assists: Brady Skjei, Henrik Lundqvist
  • Zach Werenski Assists: Boone Jenner

Overtime:

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois Assists: Artemi Panarin, Seth Jones

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Another game, another blown lead in the third period, another overtime and another loss.
  • This one is tough because, I thought, the Rangers were pretty good in the third, got the lead, Henrik was making saves and it seemed like they might be able to pull out a win.
  • They did make it 4-2 but Ryan Strome was offside and Columbus was able to take the momentum, tie the game and then win it in OT.
  • These constant OT games are annoying but represent who the Rangers are right now. They are good enough to be in games but not good enough to win out-right in regulation and then you get into OT/shootout and then it’s almost a coin flip. This is where they are and this is who they are right now.
  • It’s frustrating because they are in games and just letting points get away. This team wasn’t expected to make the playoffs and very likely won’t, but they are usually competitive and in a position where they could win. It would be one thing if the Rangers were getting blown out every night and following the track that many thought they would be on, but instead they are overachieving, to some degree, with their play and letting some bad decisions and unforced errors cost them points.