11:56AM: After being scratched on Tuesday against the Flyers, Pavel Buchnevich played 12 minutes against the Devils.
He had an assist, 3 shots on goal and 1 hit while playing 2:44 in the first, 2:54 in the second and 6:22 in the third.
Buchnevich was moved up in the third period after Jimmy Vesey’s turnover led to a Devils goal.
Prior to the game, David Quinn said of Buchnevich (NYR):
- “It’s all about doing the little things shift in and shift out, understanding your responsibility structurally, trying to do the right thing, sometimes you make mistakes but when your intentions are the right intentions your mistakes are a lot less frequent. He and I have touched on the things that he needs to do. The good thing is that he usually responds. He is competitive and is a big part of what we have going on here and we need him.”
- “With any player it takes some time, you are asking them to do things they really haven’t had to do in their career. Change is hard, you gotta keep at it. I think he understands what we are looking for but it’s a process. He has had some good moments and moments where he has to be better and he is not unlike anyone else. He gets highlighted a bit but I’m expecting good things out of him.”
Following the game, Quinn said of Buchnevich “I thought Buch was playing well. I thought he earned that opportunity.” (MSG)