Ryan McDonagh met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Devils and said:
- Another game without a 60 minute effort, "it's been the story thus far in our season. There is no one to blame but ourselves, the guys in this room, the guys that are in the lineup every night. Our coaches are preparing us and we are going to our meetings and know what is expected us but we are not performing, playing the way we need to play. Every single one of us, maybe 1-2 guys going a night and that is not a winning formula. We need to keep our heads up and work hard and find a way to get better results individually and as a group."
- What happens when the game turns, "certainly when it's not going your way you are probably trying to force it too much. You want to go out there and make a difference on every shift but you have to understand that for our group to be successful you gotta do it together as a unit of five and move the puck and play fast and know where each other are on the ice. We get disjointed at times and we lose our focus and structure and we get hurt there."
- On the level of concern at 1-5, "I've never had a start like this in my career. It's tough mentally for sure. By no means is this group going to quit, I know that for a fact and I know that we keep working and trust our system and start playing the way we need to, with more edge, more desperation. Hopefully this is rock bottom early on and a real gut check time, understanding what is expected of us individually and as a group. You really need to lay it out there on every shift. It's tight right now in these games. The more focus, determination you can have on every shift will produce results."
- On being the captain, "you gotta continue to do the same routine here, our group, maybe focus a little bit harder in practice, understanding the pace we want to play in the game, trying to have that more in practice. Early on you are trying to get chemistry and get in sync with your line but now it's time to up that pace, up our battle level because it's not good enough on the ice in games. I hope the group understands that, if they don't there is something wrong. Our group expects more individually and as a team. We are going to find a way to get through this and that is the only way to go about it."