The Rangers attempted their first shot on goal last night at 5:43 when Chris Kreider's attempt was blocked by Zach Bogosian.
At 7:58, Oscar Lindberg took a shot that went wide of the net and at 8:40 Nick Holden took a shot that was blocked by Jack Eichel.
Finally, at 9:54 of the first period Ryan McDonagh took a slap shot that went on goal from five feet away.
The Rangers only had five total shots on goal in the first period and were down 2-0.
McDonagh said after the game that the Rangers were outworked in the first period and there is "no question about it" or an "excuse" for that. (MSG)
He said that the players owe it to themselves to prepare for every game and noted that performances or starts like these have "happened too many times in this stretch. (MSG)
McDonagh said that he hopes that last night was a lesson learned and that if the Rangers can't bring their "intensity and execution" on a nightly basis they will "fall off" from the playoff picture. (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that he and his staff didn't do a "good enough job" preparing the team for the game against Buffalo and said "we weren't ready" when the game started. (MSG)
Henrik Lundqvist said that Buffalo was "hungry" and came with a lot of speed, desperation and set the tone in the first 10 minutes. (MSG)
Lundqvist said that the Rangers can't get "stuck" on last night's game but that everyone needs to understand how they need to prepare to play at their "highest level." (MSG)
Dave Maloney said that Buffalo controlled the "trench" areas of the ice and that the Rangers were "forced into situations" by an opponent that "looked hungrier."
Joe Micheletti said that the team that won deserved to win and deserved to do so by a "wide margin."