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2020-21 Rangers

What David Quinn said after the win over Boston

David Quinn met with the media following the win over Boston and said (MSG, NHL Media):

  • On having the fans back, “you knew there were going to be fans in the building, but I don’t think any of us expected the impact they would make. They were incredibly loud and passionate and you hear the number of people that were going to be here and think ‘that will be nice,’ but they had an impact tonight and we can’t thank our fans enough, we appreciate the support they give us and we certainly look forward to the day where we can have this place full like it normally is.”

  • On the second period, “they get that one to make it 2-1, I thought they were coming. We had some lucky breaks on the PK, we get the huge PP goal and Kreids gets that goal right away. We are not ignorant to the fact that this team played last night, we know what we are in for on Sunday, that being said, I really liked an awful lot about our game tonight. We were ready to play from the drop of the puck, had all four lines going, our D-corp played well and our goalie played well. Truly a team effort.”
  • On the PP, “I think things are happening a little bit faster, our pace has been much better, retrieving loose pucks, shooting a bit more. You can just sense the pace of the PP and sometimes you are tied to certain plays and certain looks, but I think what we are doing is taking what is given to us within the PP and it’s given us an opportunity to be successful.”
  • On the play in the neutral zone, “that is something we’ve been harping on quite a bit. We actually touched on it before the game. I know when we are ready to play, it’s our pace in the neutral zone and when we hold on to pucks and play slow, I think it’s indicative to our general approach. When we are on our game, we don’t mess around with the puck in the neutral zone, we turn it up quickly, don’t wait, don’t look for the perfect play and I just really liked our pace in the neutral zone and I think it’s indicative of where we are in all three zones.”
  • On being physical, “Without question that is exactly what happened, we weren’t running around looking for a hit, this game presents plenty of opportunity to be physical in a small area, to get into people, not fish for pucks and I thought overall it was probably our most physical approach. It’s not about big hits, one of the things we talk an awful lot about with our players, most people aren’t going to recognize the subtle physicalities of this game. With 50/50 pucks, if you are reaching as opposed to thinking you are going to get physical with the opponent, you’re gonna be in trouble and be on the wrong side of the puck all night. Our mentality and our intentions and 50/50 puck battles, we were going to get into people and usually when you do that you are on the right side of it and you end up with possession.”
  • On K’Andre Miller, “He gives us such a presence back there, his ability to move pucks, skating, ability to defend. We’ve talked about it a lot since the season started, the adjustment he’s made to this level, as easy as he’s made it look and as quickly as he has made it, is really surprising in a lot of ways and we certainly miss him when he isn’t in the lineup.”
  • On Alexis Lafreniere, “He’s always smiling, the game ends and he’s in there hooting and hollering and he’s getting more confident, comfortable and you see the skill and talent and he’s a dangerous player from an offensive perspective. I just love the fact that he is paying attention and wants to learn about the other areas of the game and make him the complete player he’s going to be eventually and really like the direction his game is going.”
  • On playing the ‘men’ on Boston, “I don’t know if I said that, I said that it was a ‘man’s game” and they have more men than we do. I thought our intentions and our boys tried to play like men the last two times we played them and I thought we had that ‘man’s’ approach tonight, regardless of what age our players are. Like I said, it was a good night, that being said, we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, we know what we are in store for on Sunday afternoon. We will enjoy this for tonight, but we have to get back at it and be ready to go on Sunday.”
  • On Ryan Lindgren becoming who he is, “my relationship with Ryan, even though it wasn’t a relationship, goes back to when he was playing in Ann Arbor for the National program and I was very familiar with him as a player and loved the intangibles that he brought to the game, loved his game in a lot of ways, thought he had a chance to be an NHL player, but he’s willed his way to be a good NHL player in a short amount of time. The thing I give him a lot of credit for, he’s adapted, he’s leaned up, quicker, hands are better. Everyone talked about his toughness and competitiveness, but his skating has improved, conditioning has improved and he’s become a real good player in a short period of time. I think he’s a great complement to Foxy, but I think he’d be great with anybody and you can see that we have zero problem putting him out there against anybody.”