Who needs a post-game show when you have the Boneheads Blog?
Here are some quotes from Philly. I thought Dubinsky’s view was the most honest. I’ll post the Rangers post-game notes late tonight or tomorrow morning. We’ll wrap up the season in the next few days, and probably have reaction from break-up day.
Obviously you know how I feel about the Skills Competition. As I said during the thread, I think it’s a disgraceful way to determine teams’ fortunes, and millions of dollars in revenue, and ultimately people’s jobs. Might as well have a snot-bubble contest or play tiddly-winks.
Or, as I said to someone afterwards: It’s just like the last day of 1988. After the hockey game was over, the Rangers were eliminated.
Here are the quotes. I’ll see youse all much later.
“They were pretty good countering out turnovers. We just didn’t play enough in their zone.”
“Our inconstency throughout the year put us in this spot.”
“Obviously pretty disappointed, to lose in a shootout to get knocked out in the last game of the year. I feel really bad for Henrik … one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play and we don’t get much in the way of offense for him.”
Looked like he was going to cry, and was brief compared to what he usually does in terms of post-game interviews.
Asked if he felt good going into the shootout, given how he’d played:
“Not really. I was dead tired.”
“I can’t analyze. You have to ask someone else to analyze the game. I can analyze me. I’m just so empty right now. I don’t know what to say.”
“We got close. We did what we could the last few weeks here to get back in the race. I think we worked hard. I think they were better tonight though. I felt we couldn’t hold onto pucks too long. Our fourth line was out best line the last two games and they played great, but it’s going to be tough to win two games against Philly when the fourth line’s the best line.”
“I don’t know what to say. It’s empty and tough.”
“They made good moves, but going into the shootout, I was pretty beat up. It was a tough, intense game. It was pretty tight. I was focused, but they made two pretty good moves. They waited and waited and I tried to be patient. But not much to say. The season’s over and it sucks.”
“He kept us in there the whole game. They had so many chances. Hank was just unbelievable in net. It was a game that everybody was excited to play, I think it was exciting to watch. It’s just disapointing the outcome. It’s too bad.”
Thought the Rangers were tentative:
“I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t put a finger on it. I think that we’ve been in the must-win situation for a while now, and I think we should have approached it the same way as we did every one of those games. But in the end this is Game 7. Nobody wants to make that mistake. People are a little bit tentative. I think that could have been one of the reasons for them having so many chances and shots against us.
“That being said, we had our opportunities. I had a chance on a wrap in the third. It’s tough. We had our chances.”
“No doubt we played well over the last 10 games and gave ourselves a chance, but it should never have come to this. With the way we started the year—with the start and the finish—what really hurt us was everything in between. It’s tough to put it down as one goal in a shootout. We had our opportunities all year and couldn’t get it done. That said, I thought we worked hard and kept fighting and really came together as a team. So hopefully the guys feel what that’s like and come back ready to go and feel that way for the entire year.”
“It sucks that it’s a shootout but that’s the rules of the game. We’ve been playing the shootout for a few years now and we knew it was coming. I like our chances in shootouts. It just didn’t work out our way this time.”
“It’s a tough loss. They fought hard here for the last little while. They fought right to the bitter end. It comes down to a shootout and we don’t get it done.”
“We didn’t have the puck enough. They had the puck. We knew they were going to come hard the first period, and I thought we gathered ourselves in the second and third, but throughout the game we didn’t have the puck enough. … I thought at times we could have kept it. We just didn’t. There are a number of reasons why we didn’t have it enough, and when we did underneath the hash marks, you look at Artie’s line, they were really good under the hash. That’s where we wanted to get to, we just didn’t get it enough from our other lines.”
Asked to explain his decision to not use Gaborik in the shootout:
On losing in a shootout:
“Well, both teams go through it. We’re certainly not going to whine about what the situation is with shootouts throughout the regular season. That’s just the way it is. That’s what it is, that’s what it came down to. In all honesty, when it got to there, I thought we had the advantage. No disrespect to their shooters, but Henrik was terrific today, and I thought we had a pretty good chance there, but it didn’t work out.”
On the run over the last 10 games:
“Things changed in our lockerroom. Look, we’re not satisfied. We didn’t get to where we wanted to be. But you have to find some other things as you’re building your team that are positive and there are a lot of good things that went on in there. Hopefully we can grow from it.”
Thoughts on the late penalty call:
“It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. You get penalties one way or another, good or bad for your hockey team. We lost he hockey game. It doesn’t come down to one specific play. We lost the hockey game.”