On Sunday the Rangers had leads of 2-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4 before falling 8-5 to the Hurricanes.
David Quinn called it a "tough night" and said that the Rangers lacked the attention to detail that they had in the first two games. (NYR)
Quinn said that defensively it looked like the Rangers had "never gone over D-zone" coverage, didn't play situational hockey and felt a sense of deflation when Carolina tied it at 5. (NYR)
He said that as good as the Rangers were offensively, they were that bad defensively and cited sloppy puck management, bad decisions down low and leaving the front of the net open. (NYR)
Chris Kreider said that while they thought offense would come after struggling to score in the first two games, but that the increased offense can't come at the expense of their D-zone and neutral zone play. (Newsday)
Mika Zibanejad said that the Rangers made things too hard on themselves and that they need to play the right way for 60 minutes. (NYR)
Adam Rotter: Attention to detail, back-checking and puck management are all things that should be correctable as the overall system and positioning get put in place. The only way that the Rangers can have any success this season is if they all buy in, all play the system how David Quinn wants and there is a flow and consistency from shift to shift. Nights like last night will probably happen from time to time as things get settled, but effort and attention to detail are things that can be fixed without practice or film sessions.