Here's a sampling of what the Leafs and Rangers had to say following Thursday's 4-2 loss at Air Canada Centre.
I thought we played with good energy and controlled most of the play. We made two individual mistakes that cost us. That’s just the reality of the situation. It was unfortunate to lose Leo (Komarov) because their line was dominant early. Not much you can do about it. I thought we did just fine, obviously Hunwick is a key guy for us, but injuries are part of the business.
It’s a little bittersweet. I was really happy that I was able to tie it up for the guys. I think it was a culmination of the effort we put in tonight. We threw pucks at the net and ultimately there was a lot of guys in on that goal and I was the benefactor so it was pretty special, but like I said, bittersweet given the fact it comes at the hands of a loss
We had a lot of guys that came out tonight and played well. We wanted to bounce back after the game against Chicago and I think we did that. We’ve got to keep doing that. It’s not a one night thing. We’ve got to do it every night. We’ll get back at it here on Saturday.
We played really well. We put up almost 40 shots out there. I thought we played a tremendous game. It’s too bad we didn’t come out with any points.
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault
There’s no doubt that if it wouldn’t have been for Antti (Raanta), it wouldn’t have been a game. We didn’t play well at all in the first period. He kept us in and we were able to battle back and somehow find a way to win this game on a night when we didn’t play real well.