What David Quinn said after the loss in Game 3

David Quinn met with the media following the Rangers elimination in Game 3 and said (MSG):

  • On what went wrong, “I know our guys internally have talked about the way this series got off in the first-two of the series and thought that being overly physical was the way we were going to have success instead of just playing our game, that certainly wasn’t the case. Give them a lot of credit, after two games you watch the tape and are like ‘who is this?’ This isn’t the team we’ve had the last 2 1/2 -3 months since March 11th. One of the things that I thought happened tonight, for two periods we looked like the team everybody had been watching the last 2 1/2 months. We just weren’t able to get it done, some great scoring chances in the first two periods. Their guy made some great saves, weathered the storm. The situation we are in, we will probably have more pushback. I’m sure they were feeling good after two periods. We had some chances to pad a lead or have a lead and weren’t able to do that. They get the second and then third one, we haven’t, in this stretch here, – give them credit they did a great job of locking things down. The better team won the series, call a spade a spade. You play three games and they unfold the way they did and the best team won.”
  • Was this good experience, “As I sit here right now I don’t view this as a good experience in any way, shape or form. Maybe when the dust settles and emotions subside, you look back at this season and the last 2-3 weeks we’ve been together and think ‘we continue to move forward as an organization, but that is certainly not how I feel today.”
  • On his own experience in the playoffs, “you are always learning as a coach regarldess of the scenario or situation, always trying to make yourself a better coach during the regular season and through playoff experiences. This is a little different playoff experience than if we were home and home and playing in buildings that were packed and atmosphere, it’s just a different experience. Obviously the stake were higher than the regular series, I’ve referenced that we feel like we’ve been playing playoff hockey type games since January. For me it didn’t feel much different at all. Looking for an opportunity as a coach to get better and learn lessons with each game I coach.”
  • On Shesterkin’s game, “He played well, certainly our goaltending wasn’t the problem in this series. Our offense, we scored 4 goals in three games, you are not going to win a series doing that. Our goaltending was the least of our problems.”
  • What happened on their first goal and shouldn’t a forward give Staal his stick, “yes he is. A laundry list of mistakes during that stretch, we don’t get it out, running around in our own end, we don’t box out, Staalsie loses his stick, we don’t give him a stick. Mistake after mistake and it’s 1-1 and we were able to ride any momentum after getting our lead.”
  • On the uncertainty of next season, “I’m not really thinking about that right now, disappointing part is that we lost and our season is over. It was a great group to coach, it’s been a unique and odd 4 1/2 months since we stopped playing on March 11, and obviously we are living in the moment now with how we played and this hurts. To come up here and basically play 2 good periods out of 9 isn’t anything we envisioned happening or that we are proud of. That’s pretty much where I am at right now.” (NHL Media)
  • On the sequence at the end of the second, “even in the first Panarin has a breakaway, we have another partial breakaway. Chytil is the net all alone. We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. We looked like a hockey team tonight, we looked like the Rangers for two periods. It was nice to see our team kind of arrive at some point in this series but way too little, way too late. I’m sure human nature kicked in when we had the chances and weren’t able to capitalize on them. That is part of being a successful playoff team, managing your emotions and frustration and continuing to play and not getting too high or low and we can learn a lesson from that.” (NHL Media)