Following the Rangers loss to the Penguins in game four, Ryan McDonagh said on MSG that the Rangers have yet to play their best hockey, have earned anything, executed enough and need to play better in all areas.
McDonagh added, “we are down 3-1 and need to find our game. We want to go balls out, 100 MPH and not look back.”
Henrik Lundqvist said on Thursday that the Rangers need to leave it all out there and see how far that it takes them. He added that the series isn’t over and the focus is just on winning game five and returning to MSG on Sunday for game six.” (Rangers)
Lundqvist said that it’s important to stick together and believe in what they are trying to do. (Rangers)
When asked what needs to change from game four to game five, Brad Richards said “everything” and that the issues from game four can easily be fixed for game five. (Rangers)
Adam Rotter: You would expect, hope, that they come out like they did in game seven against the Flyers, after a brutal game six, and play with urgency, desperation and that feeling that their back is against the wall. If they lose they lose, the Penguins are a better team, but they at least need to go down swinging with a much better effort and execution. The first goal, just for their own self-confidence, is crucial tonight. They can’t expect to get any help from the PP but if they can find a way to score the first goal and at least try to carry some momentum, they will give themselves a chance.