More post-game quotes


Ryan Callahan:

“We need to battle this team and we didn’t do it.”

“I thought we had to capitalize on our power play, which we didn’t do. We got out worked. We got out-executed, and it’s just an unacceptable game at this time of year. It’s an unacceptable game at any point in the year. We didn’t do what we need to do, and I take full responsibility for that. We weren’t good enough, my line, in the defensive zone, and we consider ourselves as one of the top lines on this team and we have to be better at this time of the year.”

On the goal drought:

“It has a lot to do with the way you work. I think you create your own bounces and your own breaks. I’m a believer in that. And we’re not working hard enough to get the bounces.”

“Tonight we didn’t have that good defensive mindset, and when you do that and you’re only scoring one or two games, you’re going to lose the game.”

“You have to move on. You have to have a short memory in this game, and with the fight we’re in right now for the playoffs, we can’t do anything but move on. If we dwell on it we’re going to find ourselves in some trouble. This team’s been good bouncing back after a couple of hard games throughout the year and if we continue to do that, it comes down to a four-game season. So we’ve got to be ready.”

Dan Girardi:

“We know how they play. When we were successful against them we were getting pucks in deep, taking care of our ice down low, and there was not much of that going on today. We had, I thought, some decent chances, and Montoya played pretty good for them, but that’s a real tough game for us, I think, going forward.”

“It’s a lot of stuff not going right. (The power play) is part of it. We had a bunch of power plays there, and if we get one there, maybe one or two, it’s a different game. But that’s the way things happen. They took the game over.”

How does this happen after the Buffalo game?

“I don’t have an answer right now.”

Brian Boyle:

On whether the Rangers were unhappy with the way the Islanders used their tough guys at the end of the game:

“I’ve got no control over that. I’ve got no comment.”

On what needs to be said:

“Nothing has to be said. You can see what happened over the last two games (if) we don’t play the way we have to play. The preparation’s there. We know the importance of these games, it’s a matter of doing it and doing it every shift, and just taking responsibility, each guy, and doing whatever you can to help the team win.

“We started off alright … it’s not a lot of time left and we’re not guaranteed anything, obviously. We haven’t clinched anything by any means. So, it’s tough. You wonder what happened. I’m sure we’ll find out. The coaches will let us know.”

Does the preceeding 8-1-1 stretch help get them through this?

“Not really. Losing sucks. We know we can play well. We already knew that. We’ve had some success and we’ve had some downs n the season, too. You want to be a playoff team, and you want to be successful in the playoffs like we think we can be, it’s a bad time of the year to go through a bad couple of games like this.”

Henrik Lundqvist:

On being pulled:

“It’s Torts’ decision. You’ll just have to ask him.”

“Sometimes it’s easy to move on when it’s really bad. You just have to forget about it. We’re probably going to sit down and talk about it, learn from it, and be better.”

Brandon Prust:

On Tortorella being upset with the Islanders coaches for the rough stuff at the end:

“I don’t know too much. I wasn’t really paying attention to that. They seemed to be coming after us a little bit. You’ve got to be ready for that. We’ve got tough guys on this team. We should be able to take that.”

“It’s disappointing to say the least. It definitely wasn’t what we were looking for. Every game’s huge and this is the biggest game of the year for us and we were a no-show.”

“They took it to us at the start. We got some power plays and got some momentum and we didn’t capitalize on our power plays. It seemed they got some momentum after that and then we couldn’t get it back.”

“We need to put this past us, learn from our mistakes. We can’t afford to lose any more here in the stretch.”

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