MONTREAL – Here’s what the shell-shocked Rangers had to say after forgetting to RSVP for the Canadiens' 99th birthday offensive festival at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. The Habs had their cake and ate it too, downing the Blueshirts 6-2 in the convincing victory.
The Rangers leave little to the imagination
Rangers head coach Tom Renney agreed that he couldn’t recall a game in recent memory where his team had played a looser three periods in their own zone. By his own admission, New York wasn’t exactly playing hard to get on the Habs’ special night.
“We couldn’t collect ourselves really. In the past, we’ve cherished these opportunities to step up to a big team – a good team like Montreal is – and respond to it. Tonight, they were able to have their way with us. We did not finish any checks in our own zone and we weren’t really great in either zone without the puck.” Wade Redden on his team being out-everything-ed
Though he left the game during the second stanza with a lower-body injury, one period was enough for Rangers defenseman Wade Redden to figure out what his team was doing wrong. The answer: almost everything.
“I don’t think there’s any good explanation for it. We got outplayed and outworked. They came out with a lot of energy and we just didn’t match that. ” Captain Chris Drury and his rose-colored glasses
“We needed to come hard in the first 10 or 15 minutes, or the whole first period for that matter, and we didn’t. They have a great crowd here and great energy, but we couldn’t weather their storm. At least I think we won the special teams game with a power play goal – that’s the only positive we can take out of it, I think.”Henrik Lundqvist on his “team”
After being peppered with 39 shots in the Habs' goal-scoring clinic, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was understandably disappointed. And after being lit up all evening, he wasn’t interested in hiding his feelings about the game, either.
“We gave away the puck too many times in our own zone and they were all over us,” the Swedish netminder said between sighs of frustration. “It was a combination that we made them good, but they were really good, too. I don’t know what was missing. If you compare the two teams, it looked like an NHL team and… a non-NHL team.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com