11:38PM: On MSG, David Quinn said:
- On the Zibanejad penalty, “well the linesman called it, he felt that he him in the head. That was the call and explanation I got and we had to kill a five minute major.”
- On the game, “Our PP really put us behind the 8-ball, we weren’t getting much done, it deflated us early. I didn’t love a bunch of performances tonight, a little sloppy, not realy responsible. Just not a great effort from our end, I shouldn’t say effort, mentally we were not very purposeful with what we were trying to accomplish.”
- “Tonight was disappointing compared to the other one-goal losses, I thought we had a lot more in our game that we didn’t show tonight. Too many guys I thought had bad nights and that was a disappointing piece of tonight.”
11:16PM: 1st Period
- No Scoring
- 01:16 Dallas John Klingberg (9) ASST: Miro Heiskanen (18) 0-1
- No Scoring
- I didn’t see much when it came to Zibanejad getting the boarding major and ejection for that play on Faksa. It just seemed like a low impact play where Faksa was in a bad spot. Maybe you can call it a two minute PP but the ref was right there and nothing was called until all of the officials came together. It didn’t necessarily cost the Rangers the game but it certainly didn’t help things as they tried to tie the game.
- Alex Georgiev has certainly looked impressive over this last stretch with him and Henrik Lundqvist sort of splitting games. It took him a while to find his game this season but he looks calm and confident in net and has given the Rangers a good chance to win nearly every time he is between the pipes.
- Chris Kreider had 20 goals in the first 40 games but only has six in the past 25. He has 17 points in this 25 game stretch, which is good, and his season overall has been great, but Kreider’s game seems to have slipped a little over the past few weeks.
- It’s three games but Libor Hajek looks solid. He’s smart, skates well and looks like he can be an important, and probably cost effective, part of the Rangers defense for years to come.