1/21/17 | 6:59PM: Vigneault said of Grabner on Saturday:
- On Grabner, "I looked at the game that he had in Toronto and it was a phenomenal game. 2 on 1s and breakways, forced them into taking two penalties, he got the goal that really broke their back. That speed and a lot of how we are throwing pucks in his area is helping his game and it's also helping the guys that he is playing with. There is some pretty good chemistry with those three players and it's helping them on that line."
- On Grabner being able to finish this year, "players get a little swagger and a good feel for their game and a good feel for their release and instead of going the other way. Last year he was getting some looks and I remember him getting 1-2 breakaways a game from the Islanders and I remember him from Van and it was the same way. Now he is on sequence where he is seeing the net and seeing the holes and putting it in. For us it's real good."
1/20/17 | 2:05PM: Michael Grabner scored twice last night against the Leafs, giving him 21 on the season in 45 games.
Grabner scored his prior 21 goals in a stretch of 129 games that spanned over two-years. (TSN)
From the Rangers post game notes:
- Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals this season (20).
- He has notched nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the last six games.
- Grabner has recorded all of his last 12 points, as well as 20 of his last 21 points, in games on the road, and he leads the NHL in plus/minus rating on the road this season (plus-20).
Grabner said that he could have had 15 to 20 goals last season but the puck wasn't going in. (ESPN)
Nazem Kadri said that he isn't surprised with Grabner's scoring this year and that he seemed to have a breakaway "every single game." (ESPN)
Leo Komarov said that Grabner played exactly the same way last season but "he just didn't score.(ESPN)
Mike Babcock, who coached Grabner last season, said that the Leafs would have loved to have kept Grabner and that their assistant who runs the PP was "begging to keep him." (Sportsnet)
Babcock said though that if the Leafs kept Grabner then one of their young players would not have gotten ice time. (Sportsnet)