2020-21 Rangers

What David Quinn said after the loss to NJ

David Quinn met with the media following the Rangers loss to NJ and said (MSG):

  • Did you think about challenging the Miles Wood goal for kicking, “We thought about it, I just didn’t think we were going to win that challenge. It’s something we looked at and didn’t think we were gonna win it.”
  • On the PP in the third period, “we had great looks, their goalie played well. The real story was the start of the game for us, I thought the last 7-8 minutes of the first we started playing well, doing some good things, did some good things in the second and third, but not enough and you just can’t give up goals the way we did. The first goal is a bad change, we end unfortunately giving up a breakaway, it hits a pad and they go the other way. Their goals were too easy, give them credit, they competed hard, did a lot of good things, but we played 48 minutes instead of 60 and we are not going to have a chance to win night-in-night-out if that is how we are going to do it.”

  • Is it half-full or half empty on the game, “Half-full, it’s early, one of the things we gotta to continue to harp on and manage is the puck, I thought we turned it over too much through the neutral zone. We gotta continue to understand the 5-ft passes and puck support and how we are going to play and allow us to have speed. We have to be ready from the drop of the puck, it’s just disappointing that we started the way we did, I did like how we recovered, I think we only had two shots in the first 12-minutes and then all the sudden we started playing with tempo. We weren’t soft offensively either, we were getting inside, shooting pucks, one of the things we’ve been harping on is shooting more pucks and you don’t get 50 shots unless you shoot and we were getting inside. We gotta tighten things up with the puck, that is our number one problem, I said this after the second Islander game, when we manage the puck well we play better defense and we gave up the puck too often in the neutral zone and dangerous areas and it slowed us down a little bit.”
  • Is only one victory in three chances a home a missed opportunity, “Yea, obviously with no crowds, home or away is going to make that big of a difference. We dusted ourselves off after that first bad performance, played pretty well against the Isles, did some good things tonight, we had plenty of chances. We gotta go to work tomorrow and keep getting better and understanding what we need to do and how we need to play in order to have success consistently, we weren’t consistent enough in the things we need to do to win.”
  • On avoiding the ‘big mistake,’ “That is what we have to do, avoid the big mistakes. We won some games last year, but unfortunately we gotta  learn how not to lose as much as we gotta continue to learn how to win. It’s a balancing act and sometimes when you go out there and nothing happens in your shift, it’s a pretty good shift, great things aren’t going to happen all the time, we have to understand that and it’s something we have to learn.”