What David Quinn said after the win over Columbus

David Quinn met with the media following the win over Columbus and said (MSG):

  • Was it goaltender to the rescue, “that is an understatement. It was all about Georgie tonight.”
  • On the game, “I just didn’t think we played with any pace, and physicality, I was surprised at how slow we were tonight. Give them credit, they played with an edge and with some pace but I didn’t think we had that one in us with the way things have been going but thank god for Georgie.”
  • Why did you challenge the Jones goal, “if you watch the replay, stick in the gut before the shot. It seemed like goalie interference but apparently I was wrong.”
  • On the defensemen, “our d-corp had to defend a lot but the bottom line is our d-zone coverage was a major, major problem tonight. We were not committed to playing defense and we weren’t committed to supporting each other coming out of our end. That hasn’t happened in a while and just really, if we are going to have any success we need to be committed to playing defense and we weren’t committed at all in that area tonight.”
  • Why not put Smith on defense, “I just thought the 5 were fine, sometimes guys play better with five.”
  • On Panarin, “he’s a big game player, regardless of what is going on he usually delivers statistically and he delivered a big one tonight. It was a heck of a play by a couple of guys on that goal, great pass by Howden, great pass by Tony and obviously Bread finishes it.”
  • On their performance, “I don’t know whether our guys…every team in this league is good and you better respect your opponent. I don’t know if we are learning that or whether Bread coming back here, it’s frustrating because we haven’t done this in a while. I know we didn’t play great against Vegas but there were stretches where we rebounded. I thought the Vegas game was overscheduling situation, our 8th game in 13 days and if you look at that game, all of our young players had hard nights and didn’t play well and we had a heck of a practice yesterday and i was just surprised at what happened tonight.”
  • On Hajek, “we will know more tomorrow, it’s a knee situation, to early to tell.”
  • On Georgiev’s save late in the game, “yes, it’s an incredible save and I’m sure it’s not the last we will see of it.”