The Rangers were up 2-0 and up 7-2 in shots for about the first 7-8 minutes of last night's game against the Florida before ending the period still up 2-0 but down 11-7 in shots.
In the second period the Panthers scored twice to tie the game and out-shot the Rangers 14-8 and were out-attempting the Rangers through two periods 43 to 31. (HockeyStats)
Tanner Glass mentioned during the second intermission that the Rangers compete and battle level was not where it needed to be in the second period. (MSG)
Scott Arniel told John Giannone before the third period that the Rangers stopped playing, stopped competing and didn't win any puck battles after going up 2-0 in the first. (MSG)
Joe Micheletti pointed to the timeout that Florida called after the Rangers scored their second goal as a moment where the game changed. (MSG)
Rick Nash said that the Panthers "took it to" the Rangers after the first 10 minutes and trapped the Rangers in their zone.
Nash said that the Rangers struggled until they started to "chip and chase" and noted that they didn't play their best but still got a point out of the game.
Alain Vigneault said after the game that the Rangers stopped moving their feet after the first 10 minutes, stopped moving the puck correctly and were the second best team on the ice.
Vigneault did note that he thought the Rangers had a good start and played a good third period.
Derek Stepan said that he liked 40-45 minutes of the Rangers game on Friday but they weren't "sharp enough" in the second period. (Rangers Game Notes)
Antti Raanta liked the game against the Panthers to the game against Tampa earlier in the week where the Rangers stopped getting the puck deep and started losing the puck in the neutral zone. (Rangers Game Notes)
Adam Rotter: It was another frustrating game where the Rangers started off real well and then either took their foot off the gas or didn't push the pedal down hard enough to compete with the Panthers when they upped their level. It's not that the Rangers need to be perfect for 60 minutes, but they can't keep allowing these big swings where they are in control and then it flips and they are defending and spending all of their time in their own zone. Managing the puck well and making simple plays have been at the core of what drives the Rangers but they seem to get away from those tactics in these moments and need to put all of their focus on defending.