2020-21 Rangers

What David Quinn said after the loss to the Islanders

David Quinn spoke after the loss to the Islanders and said (MSG, NHL Media):

  • Why did this game feel similar to the other night, “I actually thought it was better than Thursday, we were much more competitive, but, we had some chances, they get out to the early lead, and the first 5-6 minutes we are on our heels and they get the lead and I thought we kind of found our way a little bit through the middle stretch of the first period and then they get the second one, I mean once they get up 2-0 the complexion of the game changes with the way they play and, I thought a couple of PP chances we had to get back in it, but this didn’t feel like the other night, the score is similar, but it didn’t feel like the other night.”

  • On preparing for the game, “Obviously if you’ve gotta get your team up for a game against the Islanders we are in trouble. We have some key guys out that have played a lot of hockey in this league and with our lineup you miss Trouba, Kreider, Lindgren, Howden, Howden is a good PKer, for us, that is a tough pill to swallow, but unlike the other night I thought we were much more competitive and not that we are just here to be competitive, we are here to win hockey games and we weren’t able to capitalize on some of the chances we had and the turnovers really hurt us coming out of our own end, that really, instead of through the neutral zone, which I thought was a big problem the other night, our turnovers coming out of our own end really kind of put us behind the eight-ball.”
  • What are you looking to see in the final four games, “Our effort and our compete level have to give us a chance every night, at the end of the day that is what we have to do and that is the only thing we can control. If we have that throughout our lineup we have a chance and if you don’t, you don’t. You are playing the Islanders the last two and Washington and Boston, obviously, we are playing playoff teams and teams that have aspirations to win the Stanley Cup and we need to measure ourselves against that and that is what we are trying to get to. We need to compete night in and out, make sure we are ready to go from the drop of the puck, tonight they took it too us early, they get the 1-0 lead, we found our way a little bit, but you can’t have that type of start.”
  • Do you think they get discouraged by giving up the lead early, “Yea, when you get down early it takes a little bit of the wind out of your sails, but like I said, I thought we kind of found ourselves a little bit in the middle of the first period and obviously we give up the one to start the second, to go down 3-0, and it was deja vu from the other night, but I thought we hung in there a lot more than we did on Thursday, Thursday, to me, was really disappointing in a lot of ways, but I thought tonight there was a lot more pushback as the period went on.”