What David Quinn said after the loss to Buffalo

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

  • On the game, “nowhere near what we need, just disappointing. I don’t know if we thought it was going to be easy or not, but, to me they wanted it more than we did for 60-minutes. There were spurts where we looked like we were ready to compete and do what it takes to win but certainly, nowhere near enough.”
  • On Kakko’s game, “I thought he had a real good night, played with a lot of energy and an edge to his game. He played with some confidence, I liked his approach.”
  • On why Kakko started on the 4th line, “his play wasn’t what we need it to be and he knows that. Other guys were playing better than him at the time but he did a good job throughout the game playing better and better as the game went on.”
  • On it still being win one lose one, “I’m surprised about tonight, I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t see this coming, it’s something I didn’t expect. At the end of the day, our top players need to be way better than they were tonight and our top players were nowhere near what we need them to be if we are going to have a chance to win night in and night out. It wasn’t just two of them, it was eight or nine of them that had bad nights. We will have a hard time winning when that many guys have bad nights.”
  • On putting Panarin and Zibanejad together, “maybe, too early to tell right now but we will see.”
  • On Georgiev, “I thought he was solid.”
  • On Buchnevich tonight, “Our top players weren’t where we need them to be and he is one of our top players. It certainly wasn’t just him, that is for sure, I don’t want to just harp on him. There is a big drop off from a bunch of guys that had good nights against Toronto compared to what happens tonight.”
  • Is there something specific you want to see from Buchnevich, “Just overall consistency, but that is everybody’s issue right now. We are 5-5 in our last 10, so it’s not just one guy. We as a group have to be more consistent. It’s just not good enough night in and night out, we have good nights and tonight wasn’t even an okay night.”
  • On the lack of offense, “they did a very good job of staying inside and saying to themselves that they will make a mistake eventually and inevitably that is what happened on all three of their goals. All were off the rush, just sloppy play and us making cross-ice passes and not attacking with the puck. We let them get in structure all night long, we played slow tonight. Give them credit, I don’t want to discredit what they did, they did what they had to do and very disciplined in how they need to play and did a really good job of it.”
  • On Lindgren’s backhand pass, “when you are a left shot defenseman, and his makeup, it’s not a play, especially with Eichel on the ice, you have to know who is on the ice with you. That line was doing a good job, they hemmed them in and it was a good shift and we start their breakup. I don’t want to harp on one guy because if you go down our lineup, every guy did it at some point.”