The Rangers had 13 shots on goal and 23 shot attempts in the first period last night compared to Tampa Bay who had 3 shots on goal and 10 shot attempts overall.
In the second and third though, the Rangers only had 15 shots on goal and 32 attempts compared to Tampa Bay that had 13 shots on goal and 30 shot attempts.
Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers played "the right way" in the first period, got pucks into the Tampa zone and had possession time and "good opportunities.
He said that in the second and third the Rangers barely had possession time, couldn't get pucks deep and weren't winning battles along the boards.
Vigneault continued, "there's no doubt that our second and our third were not good enough tonight to get a win."
Ryan McDonagh said that as the game went on the Rangers didn't have the puck as much as they did in the first and took the blame for not having the correct positioning on the game winning goal. (Rangers Game Notes)
Derek Stepan said that he didn't "hate" how the Rangers played against Tampa but also added that he didn't "love" the Rangers second period. (Rangers Game Notes)
He said that the Rangers put a "strong game together. It just wasn't strong enough." (Rangers Game Notes)
Antti Raanta said that in the first and second periods that Tampa scored on their only offensive chances and that starting in the second period the Rangers stopped getting pucks deep, started losing them in the neutral zone and allowing Tampa to spend more time in the offensive zone. (Rangers Game Notes)
He added, "I was feeling that we had the keys to win this game, but we just couldn't use those. So I don't know what happened there." (Rangers Game Notes)
Mats Zuccarello said that Tampa didn't create much and that he was left with a feeling that the Rangers should have won the game. (Nettavisen)