Staal said that he couldn’t figure out exactly why the team was lacking in urgency, but added that is likely something in the minds of the Rangers players.
“I think it’s all mental. We have to get that arrogance back.”
He also added that the little details that made the Rangers so effective last year, “the corner battles, the good stick play, the things there were lights-out for us last year” need to come back.
Brad Richards told Strang that the Rangers need more “bite” in their game.
Ryan Callahan told the team’s website that they are only concerned with correcting what was wrong.
Adam Rotter: These are all just words until they get on the ice tonight and try to back them up. They responded well last year when they thought their identity was being challenged and they need to respond the same way tonight.