2019-20 Rangers

What David Quinn said after the win over Washington

David Quinn spoke after the Rangers win over the Caps and said (MSG, NYR Game Notes):

  • (Walking In) “So that happened.”
  • On Zibanejad’s night, “be hard-pressed to match that. That was something…obviously early on he gets the Hat Trick and just doesn’t stop. You all know how we feel about him as a staff, what a fantastic player he is, what a fantastic person he is. Just sit back and watch and enjoy it because it was a special night in so many ways for him and us and to win a game of that magnitude, with the ebbs and flows of it. It was a special night, not just for MIka but for all of us to be part of it with him.”
  • On the game, “It was a different game, opportunities throughout the game. We played well, did a lot of the things we are going to have to do. You are talking about a team that won the Cup two years ago and has a lot of guys back and added some players. They are an elite hockey team and they do everything, they are physical, skilled and, again, we have been talking about it – we just played teams that won the Cup the past two-years and just really proud of our effort and mental toughness and the things we are doing right now as a group. We got two more points and at the end of the day that is all that matters and we got some help across the league tonight.”
  • What was the feeling from the group during the game, “we were confident. I really wrestled with calling a timeout after we made it 5-4 because we had three straight PPs.  I really wanted Mika out there, I want Fast out there who is rested. Their top players didn’t play a lot killing the penalty so looking back I probably should have called a timeout, and if I could do it over again I would. But there was a lot of confidence as their has been for a long time,  not just tonight. Even when they tied it we were confident we would come out with two points, that is just the way we’ve been playing and building in that direction for a long time. There is a lot of faith in each other. We continue to find ways to win and we have won different ways.”
  • On big minutes for the top guys, “they are playing their top-guys and our top-two lines are going to see the other teams top-two lines. Sometimes we want to get specific with the matchups, sometimes we could care whether it’s Mika’s line or Strome’s line against their top-two. I would have liked to have played guys more but the game didn’t dictate that.”
  • On Georgiev, “I know how competitive he is and how he holds himself to a high standard, so I’m sure he would like a few of those back. I thought he was solid.”
  • “We’ve done some good things in the last month to propel us to put us in this position. I know everyone is harping on that three-game losing streak, and it’s not excuses, but, those Flyer games, the schedule did us no favors playing four games in five and a half days. We played a hell of a game against St. Louis that was toe-to-toe against the Stanley Cup Champions and that is why we weren’t defeated tonight, that is why we weren’t feeling sorry for ourselves, there was a lot of optimism and excitement to play tonight. Looking at the schedule, and I’m sure everyone does and they see Washington and say ‘that is a loss’ and we don’t feel that way. We feel that night in and out we show up with a purpose and the right intentions, we have a chance to win hockey games.”