Through two periods last night, the Rangers were down 4-2 had 18 shots on goal and 30 total shot attempts.
In the third period the Rangers had 16 shots on goal and 30 shot attempts en route to making a comeback and winning 5-4.
Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers were not sharp in the first 35 minutes but between the second and third the Rangers leaders/veterans spoke up and they finished the game with "a lot of jump" and better execution.
Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers talked about playing a good third period and going into their break with a strong period. (MSG)
Chris Kreider said that the players talked about not having any regrets about the third period and that "there was good accountability from the leadership group. We wanted to leave it all on the ice." (NY Post)
Adam Clendening said that the Rangers started to shoot more in the third period and that they stuck with their process to turn things around. (MSG)
Henrik Lundqvist said that once the Rangers started scoring in the third that Columbus might have started "thinking a little bit" too much and that the Rangers deserved to tie the game with how they were playing. (MSG)
Lundqvist said that the message after two periods was to leave everything on the ice since they were heading into a break. (MSG)
Lundqvist added, "I knew that if I gave up one more goal that the game is probably over and my game might be over so I was fighting for my ice time a little bit. After we scored the second one my approach was to keep it going into the third and then you never know." (MSG)
He said that Columbus started to get a little "nervous" in the third period and that the Rangers worked to get some bounces. (MSG)
John Tortorella said after the game that Columbus started to get nervous when the Rangers started scoring and that the Blue Jackets "lost ourselves a bit." (CBJ)
Adam Rotter: The comeback was great and something that the Rangers have always had as an option in their back pocket. This team is resilient and is deep and talented enough to score quickly and sometimes not have to work as hard to manufacture offense as they have in the past. The starts though have been something of a concern the last few weeks/month or so with early goals becoming something of a norm and the Rangers needing to play from behind more than they would like. Overall though the Rangers continued to show a lot of heart and character with last night's win and if they can find a way to play with more of that throughout the game it will only help them battle for playoff positioning.