Almost hate to interrupt the previous thread … but I figured you’d want some of what went on in the postgame, especially since MSG Network wasn’t there with its postgame show.
So here are Tom Renney’s remarks and some notes:
Reaction to the 3-on-5 goal:
“Not very happy. Simple as that. It’s one of those things where you try to press to get a part of your game going and you give up a short-handed goal. It’s pretty disappointing, to say the least.”
“It’s a tough day for us. A tough day for everybody.”
On the team’s mental state, giving up the three quick goals after the short-hander:
“Confidence is always an issue when you’re struggling, there’s no question about that. And I think what you’ve got to do is look to find small successes in your game, play the game in increments not of 20 minutes but less than that, and really get back to building a game. You build a game off a good foundation, hard work, managing the puck well, being on the right side of the puck and just keep pushing it forward.”
On the chants of “Fire Renney” and “Fire Sather,” and what blame he takes:
“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now. That’s incumbent with the position. My job is to correct this, get us wining, get us feeing better about ourselves. I look to be a solution. It’s as simple as that.”
He plans to meet with players one-on-one and “make sure we’re real clear on what’s expected of the players, give them a solid foundation of expectation, because sometimes that gets a little blurred too. You know, coaching’s an interesting art because you can climb down guys throats and hope they respond that way, you can soft-love them and hope they’ll respond that way. … That’s coaching. We’re at a stage where we have to know our athletes and press the right buttons. I think we’re a good staff, I think we’re capable of doing that, and I know this team wants very badly to win.
“So it’s all hands on deck now.”
“We all have to step up now. It’s not exclusive to one guy. This is an all-in thing. It’s time to man-up.”
A few notes:
Paul Mara popped his right shoulder out in the fight with Arron Asham in the third period and did not make the trip to St. Louis. He said it will take a few days for the swelling to go down before the injury can be diagnosed. It looked pretty bad, though. Mara praised Asham for his sportsmanship; Asham stopped fighting when he realized Mara was hurt. …
Nik Zherdev was benched for part of the second period for his lack of effort and preparation. “And that’s part of my job,” Renney said. “I’ve got to make sure he and everybody is ready to go. So in as much as it is he who pays the price there, you’ve got to take responsibility as a coach.” …
Renney had planned to play Steve Valiquette in St. Louis tomorrow, but he said part of his thinking for pulling Lundqvist was that he likely will go back to his No. 1 goalie tomorrow. …
How rare is the 3-on-5 short-handed goal. Well, it was the third of Mike Richards’ career and that’s the NHL record.