After a first period where the Rangers led with 15 shot attempts for and 13 against, they were out-attempted 25-12 in the second period at 5 on 5.
Overall, in the second period the Rangers were out-shot in all situations 19-9 by Columbus.
The Rangers did have 15 shots on goal in the third period but were unable to beat Sergei Bobrovsky.
Mats Zuccarello said that the Rangers were "out-forechecked" and couldn't generate the same kinf of pressure that Columbus did. (MSG)
He added, "we didn't deserve to win, they were the better team." (MSG)
Zuccarello said that at 5 on 5 the Rangers didn't get enough offensive pressure and that they need to get to the "inside" more. (Newsday)
Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers played a "hard fought game"on Friday against Columbus but that they couldn't replicate the success of their forecheck in the first period.
Vigneault said that the Rangers were not able to capitalize on mistakes that Columbus made bu were still only in a one-goal game heading into the third.
Henrik Lundqvist said that Columbus played a structured game and that the Rangers didn't do enough to make things hard on Bobrovsky.
He said that in the first period the Rangers got the puck deep and were able to create some pressure but had a much tougher time doing that in the second period.
Lundqvist added, "we were right there but it was not enough. They were the better team tonight."
Ryan McDonagh said on MSG that the Rangers need to be more efficient, play at at a quicker pace and get to pucks quicker.