- Filip Chytil (11) ASST: Ryan Lindgren (8), Artemi Panarin (38)
- Robert Bortuzzo (1) ASST: Ivan Barbashev (12), Alex Pietrangelo (24)
- Vince Dunn (7) ASST: Zach Sanford (8)
- PPG – David Perron (20) ASST: Brayden Schenn (20), Alex Pietrangelo (25)
- Brett Howden (6) ASST: Filip Chytil (5), Pavel Buchnevich (18)
- Zach Sanford (4) ASST: Ivan Barbashev (13), Jacob de la Rose (7)
- Jaden Schwartz (15) ASST: Brayden Schenn (21), Oskar Sundqvist (9)
David Quinn’s post game comments (MSG):
- On the game, “we got off to a good start, obviously getting up 1-0 but I really thought that the four-minute PP really put us back a little bit. They seemed to get energy off of that, we got demoralized. Giving up that goal at the end of the first kind of hurt us. I did like our young guys, the young line was really good, Fox was good, Lindgren was good. We make it 3-2 and make a big mistake and it ends up in the back of the net. At 4-2 Tony hits the crossbar and they go down and score. There were some key plays that were turning points in the game and the thing we have to keep in mind as a group, we made mistakes and they are masters at playing patient and not beating themselves, I thought we were better at that tonight for sure. That team won the Stanley Cup last year and I know they are down a few guys but they are huge, take away time and space and don’t beat themselves. That being aid, I thought there was a lot more in our game that we could have showed tonight.”
- On how the second period started, “we made it 3-2 and feeling pretty good, we were playing pretty well after that, doing some good things. We make a bad mistake in the neutral zone and give up a 2 on 1. We had people in the right place but some big individual mistakes that cost you, where they don’t seem to make those. We made them in a dangerous area. The things we’ve done throughout the season, that didn’t have the feel of some of the games we’ve played against really good teams and that is what we have to keep building off of.”
- On Chytil, “he was visible every time he was out there. He really played at a pace, Kaapo was good, Howden was good. I thought that line was our best line tonight.”
- On defensive play, “I thought our defensive play was actually pretty good against a team that is big. They hemmed us in a few times because they can do it, when you have a size disadvantage and establish their offensive zone, you have to be patient. On the flip side, they have that huge d-corp that when you get into the offensive zone, they can end plays quickly. You have to create chances off the rush because of that. As I stand here right now, without watching the film, we have to be better but against a team that won the Stanley Cup last year, I think we’ve made progress and need to keep building on it, shake it off and be ready Monday.”
- On Hajek, “I thought he had some good moments and moments you’d like to have back which is probably natural when you put him in this situation after he’s been out for so long.”
- Was it a tough situation to have him in, “It’s not easy. Putting him in an NHL game of this caliber is not an easy situation but he did some good things.”
- Is there something you can show the team about St. Louis, “they don’t beat themselves and that is what we have touched on from day one. We are getting better at it. It was a hockey game, 3-2 in the middle of the second period and we make a tough mistake that we certainly can’t make against a team like this and it ends up in the back of our net. We hit a crossbar to make it 4-3 right before they make it 5-2. Again, we have to get it done. Time is ticking, we can’t just hang our hat on progress. We have to start somewhere.”
- The Rangers let this game get away from them in the first period when they got nothing out of a four-minute PP, while up 1-0, and St. Louis went down and tied it. The Blues just built off of all of that and took over.
- Filip Chytil, and his line, along with Adam Fox were the Rangers best players tonight.
- This was another game where Henrik Lundqvist looked like he was trying to do too much and struggled because of it. Whether that was because he hadn’t played in over a week, because of how the players in from of him were playing or extra pressure he is putting on himself because of the goalie situation, Lundqvist wasn’t at his best and will need to be better.
- The Blues sure look like defending Stanley Cup champions. They are big, structured, deep and look very much like a team that is planning on repeating.