The Rangers lost to the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on a goal with six seconds remaining in overtime on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
- 19:53 DET Andreas Athanasiou; Assists: Nick Jensen, Dylan Larkin
- 4:31 DET Darren Helm
- 7:51 NYR J.T. Miller (power play); Assists: Ryan Spooner, Tony DeAngelo
- 11:16 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Spooner
- 4:54 DET Trevor Daley; Assists: Frans Nielsen, Tomas Tatar
Alain Vigneault met with the media following the game and said (NYR Game Notes):
On tonight's game…"It was a hard-fought game. Both teams had some good looks. At the end of the day, you take it to overtime - I really liked our push in the third, we had some real good looks and real good opportunities - took it to overtime and Kreids (Chris Kreider) hits that crossbar there and the final seconds, they're able to get a little deflection that went their way. Those are the bounces you get sometimes."
On Ryan Spooner…"I thought he had a good game. I tried to pace him a bit there considering everything that happened today and the first two periods. In the third I got to nine forwards and three lines, and I thought he made some real good plays. It was a good start for him."
On whether Spooner will play center or wing going forward…"I didn't talk to him this morning, (Jeff Gorton) was the one that talked to him and he said to (Jeff Gorton) that he would feel more comfortable his first game and in a new system on the wing. So I put him out there but I know he's played most of his career in the middle and I'm sure he's very comfortable there.Tonight was our first opportunity to see him and we'll take it a game at a time."
Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the game and said (NYR Game Notes):
On whether the frustration is magnified after tonight's overtime loss…"We just can't catch a break right now. We're getting some good looks and creating some good chances to win in this game. I don't know what else to say - the good thing is that I think it was a step forward for us, the way we played the game. We need to learn from our mistakes. A lot of guys now are playing their first five, 10 games. They need to understand when to go forward and when to stay back so we don't give up these odd-man rushes that have been hurting us in a few games, but it's a learning experience. As long as we analyze every game the right way we're going to get better here each game. I thought today was a step in the right direction."
On Daley's game-winning goal…"You try to follow the puck when he flips it right in the middle there. He knocks it down and squeezes through. It's a tough one, five seconds to go. Not a lot of looks in overtime - I think both teams kind of were waiting for a mistake. Obviously, we wanted to get a win tonight, especially with what happened before the game with the nice ceremony. It was a special night for sure, but we come up short."
On whether he felt sharp after not playing for a week…"I felt alright. I think we all work hard but we just want to win and get that confidence from winning and feel good about yourself. When you're not getting that result, you're not as comfortable out there. You're never going to be, because it's about winning and it's about finding ways to win games. When you're not doing that, you're always going to have to try a little harder to feel good."
- The Rangers were pretty good, not great, against the Red Wings and probably should have come away with the win. Jimmy Howard made at least 5 or 6 outstanding saves and then maybe 1-2 on top of that were possible save of the year candidates.
- JT Miller and Chris Kreider had strong games. Kreider was absolutely robbed on a terrific chance and Miller, for the first time in a while, looked a lot more like the player he is supposed to be.
- Ryan Spooner is an interesting guy for the Rangers. He's talented and could probably land at least a second round pick if he were to be moved, but he's also not a bad guy to have around if the Rangers do want to try and compete next season.
- Henrik Lundqvist was better but I'm sure he would like all of the goals that he allowed back.
- When the Rangers next take the ice they will know for sure who is still with the team for the rest of the season and this first part of the rebuild will be over.
What's next:The Rangers face the Vancouver Canucks on the road Wednesday at 10 p.m.