Following the Rangers optional morning skate yesterday, Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh spoke with SNY’s Nick Licalzi about some of the things the Rangers need to improve upon from game two to game three.
Richards said, “there is no other way to think. When the you lose in the playoffs it’s immediately move to the next. We had a chance to see some video today, maybe some execution and game plan but they were probably were a little more desperate for some reason than we were, they felt like they had to win that game. I’m not saying that we didn’t feel that we had to win it but for some reason, you get up 2-0 and maybe we let up just a touch and that is what we will have toe realize and we could have lost by playing perfect too so it’s not about just that. The intensity level and level of play has to keep going up and has to jump up a lot more from each game than it did from game one to game two for us. That is our main focus and what needs to be better.”
McDonagh said, “we need to get back to moving our feet a little bit. We turned it over more than in game two than we did in game one and in game one we spent more time in their zone and wore them down and I don’t think we did that enough in game two. We need to move our feet on the forecheck. Get back to getting pucks behind their D and simplifying a bit and we believe in each ourselves and in each other.”