In the first two periods last night, the Rangers were out attempted 64 to 23 in all situations and 54 to 20 at 5 on 5. (Natural Stat Trick)
By period last night the Rangers had 5 shots on goal in the first, 5 in the second, 9 in the third and 6 in OT. (Natural Stat Trick)
Ryan McDonagh said that the first two periods for the Rangers last night were a "total embarrassment" and that the Rangers "didn't show up" for 40 minutes. (MSG)
McDonagh said that the Rangers were not first on pucks and are "too far in the season here to have a game like this where we're not coming up with pucks, not moving our feet, not connecting the dots." (NYR Game Notes)
Mats Zuccarello said after the game (NYR Game Notes):
- "I think everyone in here knows that was embarrassing for two periods. They smacked us around and we didn't win one battle, we didn't win a puck battle in front of the net."
- "We weren't first on the pucks. It's not acceptable for the team that we are supposed to be. I think everyone in here knows that."
- "We have no business getting anything out of this game. I think everyone understands that. In terms of 60 minutes that's below standard and we shouldn't accept that. I think everyone in here knows that."
- "At the end of the day we shouldn't kid ourselves. That was not good enough for a team like us in terms of playing 60 minutes. We have to forget about this game right now."
- "I think everyone felt embarrassed about the first two periods, how we competed, and how we handled ourselves."
Chris Kreider told Dave Maloney, on the radio between the first and second, that the Rangers weren't good enough and couldn't execute or get pucks deep. (MSG)
Maloney added that the Rangers continued to play that way for the second period as well. (MSG)
Kreider told Larry Brooks that the Rangers were not communicating on the ice and that the bad first tow periods were a reflection of what the Rangers didn't do as opposed to what Dallas did. (NY Post)
Ken Hitchcock said after the game that he would have been "ashamed" if Dallas had not picked up two points after how they played. (NYR Game Notes)
Adam Rotter: The Rangers were bad in the first two periods, just flat out bad. They barely had the puck and when they did have the puck they were unable to make a simple pass. I figured that this would be another game where the Rangers had a bad first period and then responded with a really good second, but the second period was just a continuation of the first. Ondrej Pavelec was the only reason that their embarrassing play didn't get reflected on the scoreboard. So after the Ranges played one of their better 60 minute efforts of the season on Saturday they followed it up with a 4-5 minute effort on Monday. The team has done a good job of responding and I have no doubt that they will tomorrow against Ottawa, but man, there was something really off with the players in front of Pavelec last night.