TSN: What they said: The ‘phantom zone’ goal that cost Rangers dearly in defeat

RV: “There are lots of ways to score goals and to win hockey games. Some of them come through transition, and some are just plain shots on goal. The one that cost us the…

TSN: What they said: The 'phantom zone' goal that cost Rangers dearly in defeat

RV: “There are lots of ways to score goals and to win hockey games. Some of them come through transition, and some are just plain shots on goal. The one that cost us the game tonight is the one we allowed in our own zone. After their goal in the second period, we scored two minutes later and I was pleased with our response. Down a goal in the third period, we started cycling the puck in the offensive zone. We won a lot of faceoffs and got loose pucks on the breakout and that transition was working well. At 6:15, down by a goal, our checking line lost the puck behind their net, and then our defense was caught on the half wall while our forwards unloaded. This left Joel Armia with an easy tap-in.”

MB: “The zone D that resulted in the goal, I’ve never seen that in my whole career. The fact that was the only goal we gave up last season is what makes it a little more perplexing right now. It’s easy to teach zone D. But in today’s game, it has to be done with a fast pace with forward movement. Because of the way these teams are attacking and the difficult matchups we face, zone D is always going to be a challenge.”

RV: “Once again, we spoke after the game about getting a timely goal. Good shot, hit the net. Tough bounces though. You just have to keep believing that you’re a skilled team and that you’re a good team that will eventually come up with the goals. I thought our forwards did a great job in the third period with more structured zone D and I’m proud of our effort at even strength in keeping them off the board.”

MB: “We didn’t have a lot of energy last night in Ottawa and I felt like we carried that into tonight as well. We’re clearly not where we need to be right now. We’re way behind in games and we have to make a big jump in how we’re playing as a team if we want to get back on track. I thought we had better energy tonight, but it was never consistent. I thought we competed hard tonight, but that’s not good enough. We have to compete for 60 minutes right now to get wins and I’m looking forward to what we have to do going forward.”

RV: “We had a lot of good individual efforts and guys playing hard in all three zones, but you can’t win them all in 82 games. We’ve lost two in a row and have to get that right.”

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