It took four games for the New York Rangers' David Quinn to get his first win as an NHL coach, and when it finally happened, his team presented him with the puck to mark the achievement.
There may not be any celebratory pucks for getting the second win, but Quinn and the Rangers hope they do not have a long wait for the next victory.
The Rangers get a chance to follow up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
New York hired Quinn from Boston University to oversee its first rebuilding attempt after missing the playoffs last season for only the second time in 13 seasons since the infamous 2004-05 lockout. Quinn replaced Alain Vigneault, who coached a mostly veteran team for the previous five seasons.
The Rangers expected some growing pains but did not think it would take four games to get the first win.
They nearly did not get it Thursday against the San Jose Sharks, but defenseman Brendan Smith scored the tying goal with 2:39 remaining in regulation and fellow blue-liner Brady Skjei scored 37 seconds into overtime to turn a potential one-goal loss into a 3-2 victory. Those goals came on a night when Henrik Lundqvist withstood a barrage of shots at times and notched his 432nd career win while turning in a 41-save performance.
"The players made me do that (realize this was the first win) when they brought me in the locker room and gave me the puck, so that was pretty special," Quinn said. "I wish I could divide the puck into about 45 pieces because it was certainly a great win for us. We needed to feel good about something and obviously, Hank (Lundqvist) stood tall for two periods. He gave us a chance tonight for sure." >> Read more
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