Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers were "totally dominated" in the third period last night and that the Rangers need to put together a 60 minute effort.
He said that at times the Rangers had some real good moments but "in the third we certainly weren't good enough."
The Rangers were out-attempted 25-13 in the third period and out-shot 18-9. (Hockey Stats)
The Blue Jackets were credited with 20 scoring chances in the third while the Rangers were only credited with 5. (Natural Stat Trick)
Ryan McDonagh said that the second period was one of the Rangers best periods of the season but that in the third period they didn't generate enough offense. (MSG)
McDonagh said that Columbus did a good job "staying above" the Rangers and limiting their ability to get the puck deep and pressure the defense. (MSG)
Adam Rotter: It was a bad third period not just because of how the Rangers played, but because it followed up two periods that, for the most part, were pretty good. There were some really extended shifts in the Rangers zone in the first two periods but overall they were playing well enough to win. That wasn't the case in the third period where the Rangers never got close to playing at a level where they deserved to win.