David Quinn has been pleased with some of the things he has seen from his Rangers lately, but one of the sights that made the coach the most happy was seeing his players unhappy.
Earning three out of four points in a back-to-back set this week no doubt was a productive couple of nights, but Quinn said he was encouraged that his team was less than thrilled to leave the fourth point on the table in Washington.
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"I liked our reaction to our loss the other night, the overtime loss - guys weren't happy," Quinn said. "It wasn't like we were high-fiving each other because we got three out of four points. You're playing the defending Stanley Cup champions, a team that's got a ton of talent, back-to-back - all the reasons to maybe not have a good night, and we found a way to compete and get a point with chances to get two.
"You can definitely feel the confidence level starting to rise a little bit."
That seems particularly true on home ice, where the Ranges have won two out of three since Opening Night and where they will host the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening. After three losses to start the season in which the Rangers did a lot of things right but never put together a complete effort, the Rangers went 2-1-1 in the next four games and are starting to feel their game rounding out.