Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss to the Islanders and said (MSG, NYR Game Notes):
On whether he allows himself any satisfaction in gaining a point tonight given the big saves he made …"
Yes and no. I think this game and last game we showed a lot of good things, the way we battled back. Again, tough start. We start the game on the PK and they get a goal right away. It's too many games now where we give up the first goal. I have to be better; as a group we have to be better. Just really focus on the first 10 (minutes) to give us a chance to feel good about ourselves."
But still being down even 3-1, we stick to our system here and go out and play a really strong third. It was close a couple times. I think we had a couple breakaways where we had a chance to end this game and we didn't. It's just that we are close. I think we do a lot of good things. Obviously when we don't get the wins it's easy to get stuck on mistakes, the missed opportunities, or not coming up with that extra save. But at the same time, we are doing a lot of good things as a group."
"We just need that extra play right now, that's the difference. It's one play away in the last couple games here to get two wins. It's frustrating. We keep saying it, but it is. It's really hard right now to try to get the wins coming and we need the points, we know that."
On what was different about the team's play in the third compared to the first two periods…
- "We didn't have time to wait around. There was a lot of desperation and determination in our forecheck, the way we were coming after them. That was the intensity we need to play with. It was great to see. We left everything out there, especially in the third. I think the determination showed a lot of good things about this group."
- "Like AV (Alain Vigneault) told the group we have two choices here - to feel sorry for ourselves or go out and really try to make the most of this situation. We were close again to getting the win. It's a good thing the games are coming fast here. We get another opportunity in a couple days to try to get that win. But I liked the way we played, especially in the second half of this game."