Alain Vigneault said Tuesday night that the Rangers' execution against the Sabres was "nonexistent."
He said that the Rangers didn't have a defenseman who could make a pass, their compete level "was not good enough" and "this was a very bad game where we got out worked badly and we will need to respond here."
Dan Girardi said that the Rangers were a step behind, couldn't win battles and just kept waiting to see what would happen.
He said that this was a game where the Rangers could have "controlled the play and opposed our will" but didn't. (MSG)
Ryan McDonagh added that the Rangers lack of execution was "all around" and in "all areas." (MSG)
He said, "we didn't execute when we had the puck. We put it on their tape a handful of times and special teams didn't generate much off the power play. We gave up a PK goal so you can cross about everything off the list of what we talk about in being sharp and that didn't happen." (Rangers Game Notes)
Derek Stepan said, "My big thing is and what I think is such an important thing for our group is when we aren't executing passes, and executing our one on one battles and winning those, we put ourselves in a really tough spot. Everyone on the ice has to raise their level. I go back to execution. There are things you can easily say compete level and moving your feet and stuff like go along with it, but for me our execution tonight was really what surprised me. We just weren't even close and that's every single player." (Rangers Game Notes)
Adam Rotter: It was bad and it was not the first time the Rangers have struggled with their execution this season. It wasn't even one of those games where most of the guys are struggling but there is one line, or at least one or two players, who playing well and trying to create. Last night, all around, was a very poor showing by the Rangers against a team that has talent but is in last place.
What is also frustrating about last night is that this wasn't the first time the Rangers have played the Sabres. The Sabres pretty much dominated from the second period on in Buffalo and the Rangers should have learned from that and known what they were up against. If the Rangers want to play slow and at half speed then, at the very least, they should try and manage the puck better and at least give Henrik Lundqvist a chance.