- With the loss, the Sabres have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
- Rookie defenseman Mark Pysyk scored his first NHL goal with 40 seconds remaining in the game.
- The Sabres have now scored a power play goal in three consecutive games for the second time this season. They are 5-for-13 on the power play in their last three games.
- Buffalo’s first and second goals, scored six seconds apart, were two seconds short of tying the franchise record (:04 seconds, Lee Fogolin and Don Luce, 10/17/74 vs. California). Nathan Gerbe scored twice in a five-second span on Jan. 21, 2011 vs. NYI.
- The seven-goal period was the highest-scoring period in a Sabres game since Jan. 1, 2011 vs. BOS (1st period, 4-3 BOS). The Sabres won the game, 7-6.
Sabres forward Thomas Vanek:
On the first period: “It was a close game, if you look at it, until a minute to go in the first, and then [after the] first minute of the second it’s 5-0 [and it’s] pretty much game over.”
On compete level: “For 19 minutes, I thought we played a tight game, back and forth, 5-on-5, and then we quit. It’s tough.”
Sabres defenseman Mike Weber:
On giving up three goals in the last 1:30 of the first period: “It’s deflating. Obviously bounces happen, we feel that we played extremely well in the first period up until that last minute of play. Again, flukey bounces, like you said, two off shin pads then one rolled off [Ryan Miller’s] stick there. We should have been able to come in, we’ve been a resilient team all season long, and we should have been able to come in the room like we did, talk it out and get ready to go in the second period, but again we didn’t come out ready and they get a couple more, two, three more.”
On losing to a team that is playing the second night of a back-to-back: “That’s a team we have been waiting for, this is a huge game, this is a game that coming into it we should have been all over them. We should have been loud, our intensity should have been up and, again, we let bounces get the best of us and from there it was quicksand, we got trapped in our zone, myself included right there on the point. We got stuck in quicksand there and it just kept getting worse and worse for us.”
On being eliminated from playoff contention: “It’s extremely disappointing. This is not what our team is about. Our team identity is about doing the right things and winning games. The past two seasons, it’s been a disappointment. We are a team that should be in the playoffs every season. We are a team that should be competing for the Cup every season. Again, another disappointment and I don’t even know what to say, just that I am sorry.”
Sabres forward Drew Stafford:
On being eliminated from playoff contention: “We still had a fighting chance and once again, it is easy to look back at games where maybe you could have gotten the points and stole some games. It’s unfortunate that we put ourselves in a situation tonight and for the way that the game went, there is not much else to say.”
On playing for pride and each other for the rest of the season: “That’s all we have. The character that is in this room, there is no quit; it’s just really frustrating right now. Obviously, the emotions of that game, it’s just tough to take. Once again, like I said earlier, it’s hard to put it on one game, we had so many opportunities earlier in the season to get points and we failed and we didn’t meet the expectations that we set for ourselves and it is just unfortunate. Now it is just about being professional and having some pride.”
Rangers forward Brad Richards:
On getting the two points they needed: “Well it was a weird game, in a good way, kind of. I’m just trying to stay with it and positive and sometimes the game treats you in weird ways.”
On how easy goals seem to be coming for the Rangers: “Yeah, it was a just a weird night with a lot of goals. With those two starting goalies, you wouldn’t expect the game to end 8-4, but it happens sometimes and we will take it.”
On entering the first intermission with a sudden 3-0 lead: “We were doing some good things, [despite playing in] back-to-back [games] we weren’t sitting back. We were getting some bounces and obviously it snowballed. It was definitely good to break it early on the road and get a lead. It is still not over and we have a long ways to go but back-to-back wins is keeping us feeling good, so its good.”
Rangers forward Carl Hagelin:
On what two quick goals do for a team’s confidence: “It gives us confidence, obviously, but we need to make sure not to get sloppy. It’s easy to get too focused on the offensive part when you score that many goals but we have a lot of humble guys in here that knows what it takes to win games and it comes down to playing well defensively. At any time we can get off to a good start and I think we played really well the first 10 minutes too, even though we didn’t get a goal. We kept playing hard and then the puck goes in, so that is what we have got to keep doing and get off to a good start.”
On whether the Rangers got sloppy after getting the 6-0 lead: “ I don’t know. There was maybe a little bit of sloppiness and some good shots from their guys too and maybe that happens if you’re up 6-0, but I think guys were working hard so I wouldn’t say we were too sloppy.”
On whether the back-to-back games provided the urgency that the Rangers needed: “Absolutely, you can see that these guys were working hard, were blocking shots, were doing the right thing and that’s why we had the puck more than we have [lately].”
Rangers forward Ryane Clowe:
On Brad Richards: “Well you know, Richie is a big part of this team. I had played against him a lot when he was in Dallas and when he’s on, he’s on. He’s a tremendous player. Tonight he gets a lot of pucks and shots and I thought that was a key for him. I almost went through the same thing this year, I didn’t have the starts we wanted but I got a lot of confidence through my game, which I’m sure Richie does, and when you get in that rut your confidence gets slow and you have to fight your way through it which he did because he has been really hot the past couple games.
On the end of the first period: “It was a crazy end and a crazy start to the second, so it was probably one of the weirdest games. You were shooting pucks towards the net and they were going in. It was wild; it was a wild one and I don’t even know if I have been a part of a game with that many goals before. It was a wild one, that’s for sure.