2019-20 Rangers

What David Quinn said after the loss to St. Louis

David Quinn spoke after the Rangers loss to St. Louis and said (MSG):

  • On the game, “it is all about winning and losing but you also have to take into consideration, do you give yourself a chance to win? That was a big boy hockey game right there, there wasn’t a lot of room, a playoff feel to it. Unfortunate a bounce ends up in the back of our net and that was the difference in the game. A game of that magnitude, where there was such little room and not many scoring chances and the margin for error is so small and unfortunately we were on the wrong end of it.”
  • On Kakko’s game developing, “without question, that is something he is learning, the more often you go there the more chances you are going to have and the more goals you are going to score. You can’t just go there twice a game, it’s got to be part of your everyday repertoire and your hockey DNA and he is learning that.”
  • On scoreboard watching the Isles losing, “we can’t do anything about that. We are disappointed in our result and have to keep focusing on ourselves. We can’t do anything about how the Isles, Carolina, Columbus plays, it’s completely out of our control. We have to keep focused on what we are doing. The day and a half did us well. We came out with a lot of energy, physical, took away time and space against a very heavy, hard hockey team. I’d venture to say that three months ago we couldn’t even play in a game like that and have any chance.”
  • Is the message that you are still right there, “these guys know it, I don’t have to say it. We have to be ready to play Washington. We’ve got to continue to understand…an easy game is the complete wrong word for this but we managed the game and it was an easy/hard game to play because weren’t on the wrong side of it, weren’t taking unnecessary chances. You get down 2-1 and they have a couple of odd-man rushes because we are pressing but up to that point I thought we really did a lot of good things.”
  • On the PK starting to struggle, “the goal they scored, Mika gets…it’s a bounce more than anything. As is goal scoring, and I’ve touched on this, our PK can get streaky where we kill off 19-in a row and then we hit a bit of a rut and we are in a bit of a rut right now.”
  • Did you earn more than three PPs tonight, “yes, and I would take it by you asking that question that you feel the same way (laugh). Yea, when that team is allowed to do some of the things they do, and they compete their assess off so I’m not taking anything away from them, but…and I loved how we fought through and kept playing. We go on to Washington.”
  • On the D-pairs changing, “we wanted to get Staalsie and Troubs together against some of their heavier players so we did make a couple of switches.”
  • Will you keep those changes, “it might be in-game stuff, not something we are tied to depends on what the opponent does. I thought our D played very well as a group, defended hard, got us out of our end. I thought Brendan Smith had a really good hockey game tonight.”