Rangers bounce back with 4-1 win over Caps

First Period:

Second Period:

  • PPG – Artemi Panarin (10) ASST: Kaapo Kakko (3), Adam Fox (6)

Third Period:





  • PPG – Artemi Panarin (11) ASST: Kaapo Kakko (4), Ryan Strome (13)
  • Pavel Buchnevich (3) ASST: Filip Chytil (2), Brendan Lemieux (6)
  • PPG – Evgeny Kuznetsov (10) ASST: John Carlson (28)
  • Brett Howden (3) ASST: Pavel Buchnevich (14), Chris Kreider (6)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Kakko
  • 2: Lundqvist
  • 1: Panarin

Stats:

David Quinn spoke after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):

  • On the game, “first of all, it doesn’t feel like handily when you are standing behind the bench, I’ll tell you that. I know it was 3-0 at one point but that team can score three goals in a hurry. I think we did a good job managing it and understanding the situation. They get the PP goal to make it 3-1 and we come back and make it 4-1. I think that is a great sign. We’ve all talked about managing our emotions and managing the ebbs and flows of a hockey game and I think we did a really good job of that tonight.”
  • On Kakko’s return, “he was itching to get back in, we were itching to get him back in and we were glad he was back in the lineup tonight, he’s a really good player, made some great strides in the last month, feeling a lot of confidence. That PP unit looked good tonight, but this was a true team effort. Hank was really good in net, I thought we defended well, didn’t give up a lot of crazy chances. I thought we did some really good things offensively, our PP was good and we got a big kill when we needed it. If you add all of that up you have a good chance to win a hockey game.”
  • On penalties, “if we can keep it under four we have a chance to win, night in and out. We stayed out of the box for the most part, they had the 6 on 4 and we killed it off and did a really good job there. Staying out of the box is key for every teams.”
  • On team defense, “I thought it was good, we felt as a staff, especially after the first period, that structurally we looked sound, we managed to protect the middle of the rink. You are going to give up some chances against this team and some are going to be big-time ones but we held that to a minimum and did a good job in that area and thought we did a good job in a lot of ways. We got a little sloppy at times in the second with some turnovers at the offensive blue line, which fueled them a little bit. I didn’t like what was going on in the second period, a little bit of an up and down pond hockey game but we cleaned that up in the third.”
  • What impresses you most about Panarin, “well, he scores, that is pretty impressive. Every time he is on the ice he is fun to watch. He’s elusive, has such great vision, such a smart player, great skater, great on his edges. He’s feeling more and more comfortable, that line is getting more continuity and he’s just in a really good place.”
  • On Lemieux and Wilson at the end, “I was surprised we got the extra out of that, two guys playing hard. Kreids caught Wilson with a pretty good check earlier in that shift, maybe he was upset about that. Him and Lemieux were jawing a bit earlier in the game, that is going to happen.”
  • On the Kakko line, “that line was very good tonight, I really liked the Howden, Lemieux, Kakko line. I thought Howden and Lemieux had really good nights, they were buzzing, had offensive chances, a lot to like about that line.”
  • On Henrik, “I thought there was a lot of focus and calmness to his game, a lot to like about it and thought he was dialed in.”
  • On Lemieux and Howden getting more offense, “sure, is we want these guys to score as much as possible. Just because we don’t want to judge them just by points doesn’t mean we don’t want them to get them. I thought Howden had a really good night, Lemieux was effective, Kakko was productive on the PP and also 5 on 5. The more you don’t focus on the points the better chance you have of scoring because now you are doing the right thing, whatever the game demands of you in that particualr moment. That is something those guys are starting to understand.
  • On Howden looking at Lias going down, “good thing to keep in mind when you are 21-years old, those things can happen.”