Mika Zibanejad met with the media following tonight's win over Columbus and said (NYR Game Notes)
On the power play …"I think we have been talking about winning those puck battles, outworking the opponent on the power play. We weren't very happy with our power play in the first two periods. I can't stress it enough that we have talked about getting those big goals from the power play. I think we were able to do that again today. We have to find a way to keep going."
More on the power play…"It helps both units. I think both units have been doing a good job and luckily we've been getting a few goals at the end. I think to show them different threats, to not be a one-trick pony on the power play, that's important. I think using the players we have on the power play we have been doing a good job with that. It's just a matter of time."
On the team's confidence…"It's high. It should be. I think we talked about that early on and especially after the second period that if we want to be a good team we have to find ways to win the game even though we are down. We did that and I think obviously the past three games helps that confidence and helps that feeling in the locker room of even if we are down coming into the third to be able to come back. It was important."
From the Rangers Game Notes, Zibanejad:
- established a single-game career-high with three assists, registered three power play assists, and won 10 of 18 faceoffs (55.6%) in 19:00 of ice time.
- became the first Ranger to record three power play assists in one game since Dec. 29, 2007 at Toronto (Jaromir Jagr and Brandon Dubinsky), and he also became the first Ranger to tally three power play assists in one period since Jagr on Oct. 12, 2007 vs. Washington (first period).
- has recorded a point in six of the last seven games, tallying 11 points (three goals, eight assists) over the span, and he leads the Rangers in points this season (17; eight goals, nine assists).