The coach was not happy. He feels his team played more than well enough to win, especially at even strength and even 5-on-4, but got hosed on the Girardi call that led to the 5-on-3 and the winning goal.
“It’s a tough one. A tough one. We gave them (carcillo) all night long and get beat on a 5-on-3. On a horse(carcillo) call to start it.”
Need to generate more?
“I don’t know. I don’t know.”
“I gotta watch the tape. He’ll be fine.”
Asked to talk about the approach he wanted to take with McCabe:
“No. No. Not now.”
Whether the Rangers did enough to win the game:
“Yes. Yes. We defended. Had problems with their speed early on but then we finally got our forecheck going. They sit back, they want you to dump it in. They have that defenseman sitting back in the blue. We knew how they’re going to play and we got around the puck as the game went on. We had some chances, didn’t score, right to the bitter end.”
“We had problems with our forecheck. We had one shot, they had five (in the first 19 minutes). We outchanced them. It doesn’t matter what the shots were. We had more chances in the first period. But our forecheck wasn’t steady enough. But we had problems with their quickness early on. It was one of those games. Both teams were grinding and, I just wish the league would stay the hell out of it and let the teams decide it. It’s bull(carcillo). There’s too much at stake here.”
On the two goals being unstoppable:
“No, the first one needs to be stopped. The second one was a helluva shot by Vinny.”
I asked if his guys deserved blame for some of the penalties:
“Yes. Yes. We took some stupid penalties. But Danny Girardi’s is not a boarding call. Brian Boyle, that’s the rule, and we end up down 5-on-3, but it starts with Danny Girardi’s call, which is just a simple guess.
“But we did. We took some stupid penalties. Dubi’s (first one), Erik Christensen’s, Zucc’s on the backcheck. But we gave them nothing 5-on-4. Nothing. And we get beat 5-on-3 and it starts with a bad call.”
Asked about the second Dubinsky penalty:
“Where he does nothing? Yeah. I’m taking about the first one, where he got the high stick (was one of the stupid ones).”
Asked if he was happy about the short-handed goal by Prust:
“Yeah, but we lose. We lose important points.”