4:42PM: Quinn’s comments to reporters were (NHL Media):
- On starting Shesterkin, “He’s ready to go and whoever we put in the net is who we think will give us the best chance to win so that is why we went with Shesty tonight.”
- Is Lemieux playing, “yes, Lemieux is back in. Fogarty is out.”
- On a young team and an elimination game, “I think there are a lot of different factors that go into tonight but the bottom line is that we have to win a hockey game and all these other scenarios that we all play out, that are real, really don’t matter. There are things we absolutely have to clean up and so many areas where we have been poor in that you watch and think ‘what happened to the team that we watched the last two-and-a-half months and there are a lot of extenuating circumstances that may create that but we felt good coming into the tournament, the first two games certainly didn’t go the way we wanted them to go. We didn’t play well, they played very well, certainly don’t want to discredit Carolina, but at the end of the day we have to do the things we did through the last half of the season that put ourselves in a position to win hockey games and we just haven’t done that. That being said, I think our guys feel good. As crazy as that may sound right now, I think our guys are excited about playing tonight and know that the things we haven’t done well, where we feel we have shot ourselves in the foot, we can correct and give ourselves a better chance to win tonight.”
- On Adam Fox so far, “Carolina has done a lot of things to disrupt all of us, I don’t want to discredit the way they’ve played, but when you just watch us and the things we have been doing, those are things we haven’t done. I can’t tell you how many times, when you sit and watch the games, and think ‘we haven’t done that all year, that is up and down our lineup, it’s not just about Foxy. Foxy, people target him, he’s had a heck of a season, he’s a heck of a defenseman, they are on top of him but his teammates can do an awful lot more to help him out. I’m expecting a good night out of Adam tonight.”
- Why has the scoring well run dry, “our puck support has been so poor, one of the things I thought we did well in the second half of the season, we supported the puck, helping each other out, quick puck movement, pace to our game, rhythm to our play in the offensive zone and we just haven’t had any of that. Last night we probably had more controlled breakouts than we did in a one-month stretch during the course of the season. We were completely out of rhythm and went we went down 3-1 we lost a lot of our passion and looked deflated. We didn’t quit, but we looked deflated and there is a big difference. We have to have a good start tonight, feel good about ourselves once the game gets rolling and get back into the rhythm we had before the break.”
- Are you getting what you need from DeAngelo, “Our PP in general has to be better. I think one of the things that has happened is that not only have we not been productive from a scoring standpoint but it hasn’t looked great. That can be demoralizing for the team. Everybody has to be better on the PP and everybody has to be better throughout our lineup, not just one guy. I think every guy has taken upon themselves the situation we are in and I think we will get a better effort from everybody tonight.”
4:06PM: Igor Shesterkin will start for the Rangers in Game 3. (NYR)
With Shesterkin’s start, Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 129 straight playoff starts for the Rangers will end.
Brendan Lemieux will return from his suspension and take the spot of Steven Fogarty. Jesper Fast remains out.