- Artemi Panarin (8) ASST: Ryan Strome (9), Jesper Fast (5)
- Dougie Hamilton (7) ASST: Jaccob Slavin (9), Teuvo Teravainen (9)
- PPG – Brendan Lemieux (1) ASST: Tony DeAngelo (7), Pavel Buchnevich (9)
- Pavel Buchnevich (3)
- Sebastian Aho (6) ASST: Ryan Dzingel (8), Martin Necas (7)
- EN – Adam Fox (2) ASST: Artemi Panarin (8)
David Quinn spoke after the game on MSG and said:
- “it’s a pretty simple answer to what happened tonight, our goalie was unbelievable.”
- Was it as good as you have seen him, “yes, I thought that was probably the best game he has played since I’ve been here.”
- On the game, “we did find a way, the first five minutes were okay, it was actually an even period, and then we took those two penalties and the whole momentum shifted and we were hanging on for deal life and to get out of that period up 1-0 was unbelievable in a lot of ways. I felt the second period was a more even period, we did some good things and it looked more like an NHL period, two NHL teams playing and we get the goal in the third and our mindset changed, we were playing a bit more conservative, they had some good chances in the third still. Listen, it’s a really good hockey team. When the season started I knew they were going to be good, I’ve watched a few of their games and they have been as impressive a team as I’ve seen in the NHL.”
- On Fox and Lindgren, “they did a really good job, I thought that was our best pair all night. They answered the bell in a lot of ways, defended well, got us out of our end, there was a lot to like with those guys.”
- On Henrik’s game, “He’s played well, I’ve said this all along. I know a lot of people were making a big deal that he didn’t play three in a row. There was a little bit of backdoor reasoning why I didn’t play him that third game. He was playing on Wednesday regardless of what happened against Ottawa, I told everybody that. There were questions about going back to back, it’s what I wanted to do. Before the game last night, I knew that if he played well that he was going to play. There was a lot of discussion about it because it’s back to back but he’s played seven games this year, I wasn’t worried about him being tired, I want him to get into a rhythm and our schedule has been a little quirky so he hasn’t had a chance. I was very confident and comfortable playing him tonight.”
- On Lemieux’s goal, “huge, we get the PP and we get it right off the bat so we are feeling pretty good and we responded after that, had some zone time, some chances and I liked our second period. That is a really good hockey team, they come quick after you and they really play a north style and we played last night and still finding our way as a young group. I liked how we pushed aside the first period and played in the second.”
- Well, this was a bit of a throwback Henrik Lundqvist effort as he stole two points for the Rangers like he has done dozens, maybe 50+, of times in his career. The Hurricanes were shooting early and often and Lundqvist was there to match them. He was terrific on a night where this could have gone sideways for the Rangers very quickly.
- While the Rangers were out-shot and out-played for the most part, they were opportunistic, grabbed a 1-0 lead with Strome and Panarin connecting, a nice deflection from Lemieux on the PP and Buchnevich picking up a puck deep in the offensive zone, driving to the net unencumbered and slipping it in.
- Again, both Fox and Kakko continue to impress and develop quickly from game to game.
- So this is a win, which is important, but not their best performance so it’s kind of in the middle of where the Rangers have been alternating the last few weeks. Next up is Florida and then every other night against Pittsburgh, @Tampa and then in Florida against the Panthers.