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What Kris Knoblauch said after the loss to Washington

Rangers Acting Head Coach Kris Knoblauch spoke after the loss to Washington and said (MSG, NHL Media):

  • On the defensive effort, “I think guys were feeling very confident after the Philadelphia game, enjoying hockey scoring some goals, everyone feels better and they just wanted to carry that on and they knew they were going to have to have a solid effort because Washington is a good hockey team and been playing extremely well. I think they were really committed to winning this game.”

  • On Ryan Lindgren as a player, “I’ve got a lot of respect for Ryan, he plays so hard. I think he is very valuable to the D group, Foxy and Lindy have a lot of chemistry together, you can really notice how well they move the puck together, I think that is something that has really taken off with Lindy since we had him in Hartford. He was good at moving the puck and making the next play, he was always known as a solid defender and competitor, but right now his all around game is really taking off and I think a lot of it has to do with his chemistry with Foxy, smart hockey player.”
  • On the two Ovechkin goals, “I think the first goal, it’s just an issue of sorting out who is first man back and responsibilities. Just a little slow to react and allows the puck to get to the point too easily and as goal scorers, they find ways to score goals and usually it’s around the net. I think it was a small mistake, but ultimately you can’t keep them off the scoresheet every time.”
  • On Lindgren’s hit on Ovechkin and Ovechkin as a game changing player, “He’s a Hall of Famer, finding ways to score goals. As for the hit, I thought Lindy made a tremendous play, it was clean. I haven’t seen the video of it, I didn’t think there was any issue, it’s just their team standing up for their star player. That is what Lindy does, he wasn’t targeting a star player, he wasn’t headhunting or anything like that, just playing the way Lindy does. In my opinion a good, clean hit.”