2020-21 Rangers

What David Quinn said after the win over Buffalo

David Quinn met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over Buffalo and said:

  • On the game, “I thought we were sluggish, really, even though we got that early goal. We didn’t look sharp for the most part, but I liked how we managed to understand what we were dealing with going to the third period. We managed the game and some nights you aren’t going to have it and you gotta find a way to win and we did a good job of that tonight. The second period, the end of the second, got squirrely and away from us, we were lucky to get out of there up 3-2. I thought we did some better things in the third to give ourselves a chance to win.

  • Did you like how they responded, “It’s funny, you play two games with Boston and there is such an intensity to it, unlike any other, for some reason, with us. The two in early February and the last two we just had, they were big-time, big-boy games and the next game you play, regardless of the opponent, it just seems like the next game we played after those Boston games was a little bit of a drop off. I don’t know if it’s emotionally, physically draining for us, but it certainly seems that way. We lost the last time we played the Bruins twice, the next game, this one we were able to find a win, so we are certainly making progress in that regard. You win 4 out of 6 you feel pretty good about yourself, but we know we have to play better in two nights in order to give ourselves a chance to win. We know we dodged a little bit of a bullet today, but good teams find ways to win when you aren’t on your ‘A’ game and we found a way to win when we didn’t have our ‘A’ game.”
  • On Chytil, “Fil always gives you moments where he jumps off the page at you because he has that great speed. He’s only had two real practices with the team, been out a long time. We were just hoping he got through it healthy and he gave us a little bit of speed and a jolt, but he’s finding his game and it may take a little bit of time before he gets back to where he left off.”
  • On the defense shutting things down, “We’ve obviously been much better at that this year, shutting things down, clamping things down, but we would have liked to spend more time in the offensive zone, that is the best way to clamp people down, establish a good forecheck, possess it in the offensive zone and things like that. I did like that we managed the third period and got two valuable points.”
  • On Igor’s attempt to score, “Which one? There was about three of them. I liked that it got over the blue line, that is what I liked about it. If he scores one eventually, good for him, but we are more concerned about the two points than we are about him scoring a goal. If it were 5-2 or 4-2 it might be a different feel, but at 3-2, and again, I don’t think he was getting careless, he had time and the thing was getting out, he wasn’t being reckless in getting the puck out.”
  • On Chris Kreider, “When you look at Kreids, he kind of went through phase last year where he was kind of snake-bitten early and things not going his way and then, boom, it came it bunches. I think we are at that point now. He can shoot it so well, he’s getting to the net a little more, being more physical, I don’t think he’s overthinking it as much as he was early, I think he took a lot of responsibility from a leadership standpoint early in the year and it may have weighed him down a little bit, but I certainly like the way he is playing now.”
  • On Mika, Buch and Lafreniere, “It was nice to get on the board quickly and then they get another one early. When they are involved in two goals early in the game, that is a good sign and Mika really started showing signs of his old-self throughout the course of the game, Buchie had a good night and Laffy gets the goal going to the net. It’s always good when you have one line that gets two.”
  • On Buchnevich, “I think there is more of a straight line, hardness approach to his game and I’ve really liked his game the last two games, three games actually.”