Recap: Ulf Samuelsson’s pre game comments

Ulf Samuelsson7:20PM: John Moore is in for the Rangers and Robyn Regehr is still scratched. It was thought yesterday that Regehr would play.

6:55PM: Ulf Samuelsson spoke with John Giannone on MSG before game two:

  • Where are the players at, “I think they are very hungry and got a first taste of the Stanley Cup Final and realized that it’s very hard to win and we started off with a bang but then we sat around and watched. We are ready for a 60 minute game tonight.”
  • On how the defense can improve, “we can be better with our first pass, be more active on the rush, be more active with offensive zone plays. LA is a lot of man on man and you need a defenseman to make the reads harder for them.”
  • What needs to be better, “I think for us it’s when we manage the puck well from our zone to the neutral zone and getting our forecheck and skilled players through the neutral zone. Getting through the neutral zone and putting the puck in plays where we can create some scoring off the rush.”
  • More nerves as a player of coach, “I think as a player, now you get a little distant and have done it before and know how hard and fun it is.”