Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers showed a lot of "desperation and determination" in the third period on Thursday, especially with their forecheck and how they attacked.
Lundqvist said, "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." (NYR Game Notes)
The Rangers scored twice, and had one goal disallowed, 11 scoring chances and 13 shots on goal in the third period. (Natural Stat Trick)
Rick Nash said that the Rangers played a simple game in the third period, out worked the Islanders and played "simple Ranger hockey; the way we've always played the last five years I've been here. We've gotten away from that in the first six or seven games here." (NYR Game Notes)
Alain Vigneault said on Friday that this group of players are playing hard, playing the right way, accountable, doing extra work and want to succeed.
He noted that while things may be tough on the ice or mentally, this is a group of players that "don't give up, plug away and battle hard."
Adam Rotter: The Rangers played one of their best periods of the season in the third period, it was helped by putting pressure on a team in the Islanders that seems to enjoy turning the puck over as much as the Rangers do. They pressed hard and showed the kind of fight that a team does when they are down two goals. The issue is that there was such a great contrast between where the Rangers went to in the third and where they started in the first. Some more "desperation and determination" earlier in the game would hopefully allow for the Rangers not to need to chase and need so much of it later in games.