2020-21 Rangers

What Kris Knoblauch said after the win over Washington

Acting Head Coach Kris Knoblauch met with the media following the Rangers win over Washington and said (MSG, NHL Media):

  • On the team responding after last night, “I think they are very committed, feel they have an opportunity to make the playoffs and they need to play well throughout the final stretch. I think there is some belief that they can play like they did last year in the second half of the year where they went on quite a roll. Obviously, the Philadelphia game there is a lot to be happy about, the first game against Washington they felt they deserved better and wanted to make sure they won tonight.”

  • On Lafreniere having his lowest ice time of the year, “Probably mismanagement of the bench and not realizing the situation. I know we had a lot of D-Zone faceoffs and also match ups against their team, where they had the last change and I did want to keep him away from their top line. Other than that I wish I would have played him more, but it was just last change, a lot of D-Zone faceoffs for us and unfortunately he missed out on some shifts.”
  • On Zibanejad’s goal, “I could talk about Mika’s effort on a lot of the plays. On the goal, at the end of his shift also, was able to strip a puck, get it and make quite a skill play on the shot, but that was very key, but later in the game, there was one very key blocked shot, if not two and you have to do that and your best players have to be your best players and I thought tonight our top guys were.”
  • What did you sense on the bench when the Caps tied it, “I was really worried about the confidence, it could have easily been ‘oh, here we go again,’ but the guys were positive, especially the leaders were talking and just wanted to finish this one out. I don’t think there was panic at all.”