While speaking with the media yesterday, Alain Vigneault said that he liked the following portions of the Rangers win over Carolina:
- "the first couple of shifts"
- "The third, when the game was on the line, I liked."
- "There was a four minute stretch in the second that I liked"
He then said "everything in-between, because there are some kids in the room here, I'm not gonna tell you what I think of those moments. "
Vigneault said that the Rangers found a way to win in the third when they could play their best hockey.
He said that after the Rangers scored early in the first period their execution was "non-existent" but added that luckily the games are three periods long and the Rangers played their "best period of the night" in the third.
Mats Zuccarello said that yesterday was "perhaps" the Rangers worst first period. (Nettavisen)
Ryan McDonagh said that the players were all frustrated with the start but they had no one to blame but themselves.(Game Notes)
He aid that heading to the third the Rangers talked about putting together one period to pick up two points. (Game Notes)
Adam Rotter: It was an ugly first two periods with the Rangers being crushed with time in their own zone and being out shot by a crazy margin. The Rangers had an excellent stretch in the second period where the Carolina defense pair was on for 5 minutes, more than half of which was probably in their own zone, but the Rangers only had one shot on goal. It all starts in the Rangers own end where they need to get back to forcing turnovers, getting the puck out quickly and doing their best to transition to offense.