• Lundqvist turned aside 31 of 34 shots, including 16 saves in the first period, and is now 1-2-1 overall. Lundqvist has stopped 30 or more shots in three games this season.
From the Rangers Report:
On the struggle to score goals (again).
“It’s early. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. We just have to find ways to win here. Personally, I have to try to play better and cut down a goal here or there. I feel better for each game, but it’s not enough. I have to try to improve. You know, they were good. Their power play was really good. They didn’t have that many chances, but they moved the puck really well.
“It’s tough. We came back there after a tough start. We really battled back and had a good game going. Then two quick ones in the third. We just have to keep working harder. That’s the only option right now.”
On the next few weeks without Gaborik and Drury:
“You know, whoever’s in … we can’t really focus on who’s out. We just have to do it together and what’s good about this team this year is we have four lines going. I don’t think it’s that much focus on the first line. … That’s what I see as a good thing.
“Obviously, it’s key players. But there’s nothing we can do right now other than just focus on the next game, the next practice, and get better.”
“I don’t know what else to say. We want to win at home, especially, so we have to try to think what we can do better, what I can do better, and come back on Thursday.”
On the difficulty of losing games late, on power plays.
“A loss is a loss. It doesn’t really matter how you lose. You’re not getting the points, so that’s always frustrating. We’re right there. It’s been close games in the last five to eight minutes and it’s gone the other way. So we have to stay positive that we’re close and with some luck we could have gotten a lot more points right now, but that’s not the case.”