Kevin Shattenkirk was on WFAN earlier this morning with Boomer Esiason and said:
- On what is going on with Buchnevich,"he's a young player, it's his second year. He will have to learn what an 82 game season feels like, the consistency of playing well through that. We all struggle with it early on in our careers. Luckily he has guys like Mika and Chris there to use as a sound board."
- When did things click, "we had a moment against Montreal where we had a terrible first period, AV came into the locker room and really lit into us. That, for me, was the first time that I saw him do that, he is pretty calm by nature. After he left the locker room we all realized that we weren't playing to our potential. Yes, there are chemistry issues and growing pains with new players but we felt that what we weren't doing were easy things to correct: winning battles, making sure that within the system you are going the right routes and supporting the puck and doing the little things that make a team look fast and successful. After that game we played Vegas and that was an emotional game for everyone and we had a great third period and came back against one of the best teams in the league and we beat them, beat Tampa and once we got that confidence that we could play well against these top teams, that is when we started to believe in ourselves."
- Mats Zuccarello is the life of the locker room and always talking and playing pranks.
- On Ryan McDonagh, "I call him the one man breakout. It's unbelievable. He can knock guys off the puck in one corner, take the puck, take it to other side, make a break out pass, join the rush and be back in time for dinner. He is a stand up guy, everything that you want in a captain. Ryan and I grew up playing together a little bit at the USA program, he's been that kind of guy, a leader, since he was 15-16 years old. This is a hard market to do that in and it seems like he handles it with ease."
- Does Henrik yell at you guys on the ice, "all the time...."
- On last night's game, "the second period allows those momentum shifts to stick a little longer with the long change. Pucks not getting all the way deep past the goal line allowed the Devils last night, I kind of call it the three-quarter ice game, where we are chipping pucks out but don't really have the opportunity to change. They are changing lines and we kind of get in that cycle where the ice is tilted and what we fell into last night and it's something we have fallen into a little bit on the road. It's important that we work on that and improve on that."
Kevin Shattenkirk played 16:23 against the Devils on Thursday, his second lowest ice time of the season.
Shattenkirk played 5:38 in the first, 6:14 in the second, 3:20 in the third and 1:11 in OT.
He was a minus one, took two penalties and was credited with two giveaways.
When Shattenkirk was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 5 shot attempts for and 19 against. (Nat Stat Trick)
Shattenkirk only played 3 even strength seconds in OT, the rest coming on a PP with 1:08 left.
Asked about Shattenkirk after the game, Alain Vigneault said "at the end of the day when the game gets to crunch time you do what you feel is best for the team and that is what we felt was best for the team."