- Pavel Buchnevich (17) Assists: Artemi Panarin (32), Mika Zibanejad (20)
- Ryan Strome (13) (Power Play) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (21), Artemi Panarin (33)
- Pavel Buchnevich (18) (Power Play) Assists: Jacob Trouba (11), K’Andre Miller (6)
- Artemi Panarin (16) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (13), Ryan Strome (28)
- Michael McLeod (7) Assists: P.K. Subban (13), Nathan Bastian (5)
- P.K. Subban (5) Assists: Yegor Sharangovich (9), Jack Hughes (13)
- Yegor Sharangovich (10) Assists: Jack Hughes (14)
- Pavel Buchnevich (19) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (22), Artemi Panarin (34)
- Chris Kreider (18) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (14), Ryan Strome (29)
David Quinn spoke after the win over NJ and said (NYR):
- On Buchnevich, “Just his overall maturity and the fact that he has the ability to play a 200 ft game and he certainly has done it all year. For a guy to have the stats he has without being on our top PP unit certainly speaks volumes to the year he is having. He means so much to us in 5 on 5 situations, the way he’s killed penalties and really happy for that PP unit to do what they did tonight, not only did they get rewarded with a goal, but, boy did they look good on that PP. Just really happy for him, he’s a great kid, works hard and it means an awful lot to this team.”
- What did you say during the timeout, “Just the fact that they were winning too many one-on-one battles and that is really all four-on-four is, it really was a reflection of where we were mentally and it was leading up. The four-on-four really exposed where we were mentally. Once we got up 4-0 I really thought that we disrespected the game and our opponent and leading into it we were doing all the things we need to do. We’ve talked about this, NJ, Buffalo, the teams that are out of it are going to play their asses off. If we think it’s ever going to be easy we are sadly, sadly mistaken. I wasn’t surprised with the push back we got from them, it started in the second period, our goalie made some great saves and instrumental in our win tonight. Let’s be honest, we got outplayed the second half of that game and maybe a little bit more than that. We are going to have a very difficult game tomorrow.”
- On Kreider’s empty net goal, “Goal scoring is so streaky, it’s not just in our locker room, but throughout the league. Sometimes when you get one, regardless of how you get it, more follow, that is kind of how it’s gone for most goal scorers in this league, it’s certainly gone that way for Chris since he’s been here and I liked his game leading into that empty net goal. You could see that he was doing a lot of good things, his game was up on the uptick leading into that goal.”
- Are you impressed with points in five straight, “To me we are certainly moving in the right direction, we continue to play good team hockey, there are going to be peaks and valleys throughout a game and the key is how you weather it. We certainly had our hands full today and we will have our hands full tomorrow and it’s really good to see that we’ve put ourselves in a position to play meaningful hockey and be four points out of a playoff spot with 12-games to go. Anything can happy moving forward, but at the end of the day we are all about tomorrow afternoon.”
- This was another game where the Rangers were opportunistic early, built up a big lead and then stopped playing. The Devils took it too them in the final 40 minutes and it looked like those two Ranger/Devil games from earlier in the season where the Devils blew the Rangers out of the water. Ultimately though they killed that late penalty and hung on.
- It’s hard to imagine, even with Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov, that the Rangers won’t enter into a mid to long-term deal with Pavel Buchnevich this summer. How long and for how much is still TBD, but he’s one-year away from being a UFA.