The Rangers allowed a goal 15 seconds into last night's loss to St. Louis and allowed two goals overall in the first period.
The Rangers have allowed at least 2 goals in the first period in 3 of their 4 games this season and against Montreal on Sunday they had two goals against that were disallowed.
Ryan McDonagh said after the game that the Rangers "started out slow again" and that it took a period for the Rangers to get their legs going and to get engaged. (MSG)
McDonagh said that he and the rest of the leaders on the team need to get the group going and that everyone needs to "take a long look" at how they are preparing for games. (MSG)
Rick Nash said that the Rangers are trying to make too many plays early on and need to keep things simple. (MSG)
He said that at times the Rangers are trying to make the hockey "look good" and that is causing them to turn pucks over and make mistakes. (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that it wasn't until the third period that the Rangers brought energy and "will power" and spent more time in the St. Louis zone.
Adam Rotter: This was an issue last season that the Rangers found ways to manage at times by being resilient and making comebacks to tie or either win games. They came back against the Avs, made the big comeback against the Leafs and even tied things up quickly last night before St. Louis retook the lead. This is a team that has enough talent that they can battle back and tie games, but they should not be in a position where they always need to play from behind. If this can be fixed by playing a simple style of game in the first period then that is what the Rangers need to do. The Rangers have to stop forcing things and if they do that everything else in their game should fall into place.