David Quinn was doing his greatest Bill Belichick.
“Move on to Washington,” Quinn stated after his group misplaced to the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues, 3-1, on the Garden on Tuesday night time, and with the 2018 champion Capitals coming in Thursday.
Over these remaining 18 video games of the common season with the Rangers nonetheless battling for the second wild-card spot, 13 of their opponents are groups at the moment in or tied for a playoff spot.
“These guys know, and I don’t must say it — now we have to be able to play Washington,” Quinn stated.
Before the Rangers began this three-game shedding streak by being swept in a home-and-home with the Flyers on Friday and Sunday, they’d gained 9 of the earlier 10. Their one loss in that stretch got here towards the terrific Bruins, whereas 4 wins have been towards non-playoff groups — the Kings, Blackhawks, Sharks and Canadiens — and the others towards groups on the perimeter of the race — the Jets, Wild, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes and Islanders.
But they performed comparatively effectively towards the heavy Blues, even when they didn’t come out with a much-needed two factors.
“I believe we took a step ahead in comparison with the video games we performed towards Philly,” stated winger Jesper Fast. “If we play this fashion, now we have an opportunity to win numerous video games going ahead.”
The Rangers took just one penalty — a ghostly slash from Ryan Strome — which resulted in a Colton Parayko power-play purpose that tied it, 1-1, early in the second interval. It was a far cry from the 2 unhealthy penalties Strome took on Sunday, each of which resulted in power-play objectives, as effectively, and earned him a seat on the bench for the whole third interval.
Yet the Rangers penalty kill is now 3-for-6 over these previous two video games, and has given up no less than one power-play purpose in six of the previous seven.
“Our penalty kill can get streaky the place we kill off 19 in a row and abruptly we hit a little bit little bit of a rut,” Quinn stated. “We’re in a little bit little bit of a rut proper now.”
Defenseman Brendan Smith had an excellent activity, and performed a few of it paired with the extra offensive Tony DeAngelo. That was completed in half to match two of the Rangers’ largest defensemen, Marc Staal and Jacob Trouba, towards the Blues’ large our bodies.
This was the Rangers’ 6,500th activity in franchise historical past.