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Rangers captain Ryan Callahan
Ryan, it seemed like a real upswing there in those first 10 minutes. Did you sense they gained momentum off of their penalty kills early on?
“Yeah, they did. We had a couple of chances on the power play there that we didn’t score on. I think anytime as a team, if you get two kills pretty early on in the game, you’re going to grab the momentum. Our first period wasn’t where it needed to be, and it seemed like we were kind of playing catch up after that. We had a good second, we ended up tying the game up, but our first period wasn’t where it should have been.”
The amount of offense you guys generated in the second period, it didn’t seem like as much in the third. Did they adjust or what went on there in the third?
“A little bit of both. They tightened up a bit in the third. Like you said, we were having success in the second, getting pucks behind the D and creating things off the cycle, and bringing pucks to the net. For whatever reason, if it was them or us, we didn’t generate enough of that in the third period.”
Do you lament the golden opportunities missed or do you feel like you guys didn’t generate enough over 60?
“Not enough over 60, no. It was in spurts and not consistent enough, but at the same time, I think getting one early on the PP would have helped for sure.”
Did that Simmonds goal deflate you guys a little bit?
“I don’t know if it deflated us, but it grabs momentum right back for them. It seems like it’s on our side, we tie it up 2-2, and they get the next one. I don’t think our third, we didn’t generate as much as we did in the second – a little bit to do with us, a little bit to do with them.”
NY Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik, the goal that Simmonds scored to give them the lead again in the second period, what did you see on that play? What happened?
“What happened? He tried to pass and it got stuck, so he turned around, and I think I read a high shot, and it went five-hole. I thought I was pacing on the shot, and he just beat me.”
In the first 10 minutes of the game, when they killed two early penalties, did they get momentum off that you think?
“Well, I think special teams played a big part tonight. They were on the power play a lot, and they had a really good power play, I think. That’s where they really created their big chances and got momentum. I thought though, overall, we played a really good game. We created a lot of chances. We had a couple really good chances to tie the game at 3-2. Disappointing, obviously, but I think we did a lot of good things.”
So in your estimation, when you break it down, was it the fact that you guys played too much shorthanded to be able to generate as much 5-on-5 flow?
“I don’t know, you’d probably have to ask the guys more. Obviously when you take a lot of penalties, you have guys sitting a little bit more, and I still think we did a good job of coming back after penalties to create more chances. Obviously it’s tough when you’re trying to get back in the game and we’re shorthanded a bunch of times. A lot of good things, but it was not enough tonight. We move on quickly; we have a big one tomorrow.”
How’d you feel about your game?
“I felt like I improved as the game moved on. It was a couple tough plays early on, that deflection and the breakaway obviously went in. Coming back we wanted to get a good start, it was just a tough start of the game. I battled through it, played better and better. I don’t know what else to say. I just tried to work hard and get the timing right. I don’t think it felt great the first period, but I got more and more comfortable as the game moved on.”
Is there any more optimism, I guess in here, that you will be able to get a deal done that would keep Cally [Ryan Callahan] here just because Dan [Girardi] got the situation himself?
“I think we’re all trying not to get involved in that right now. We’re focusing on the game. We have a good feeling in the locker room here. We’re playing together, we’re working really hard every day to get better as a group and as a team. We don’t try to get involved too much in what’s going on outside of that.”
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