McIlrath played 5:52 in the first, 6:38 in the second and 6:36 in the third.
He played 15:22 at even strength and 3:44 on the PK.
While McIlrath was on the ice at 5 on 5 last night, the Rangers had 7 shot attempts for and 10 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
After the game, Alain Vigneault said, "I thought he had a good game. His second and third were better than the first and he had the great scoring chance in the OT. Another young player who is trying to prove that he can play in this league."
McIlrath said after the game (NYR):
- On making the team, "There is a lot of D-Men. a lot of competition. All the guys vying for that 7th spot all had really good games. I think I am playing good hockey and that is all I can control."
- On the OT play, "I kind of blacked out there. I am not used to being that low. That is what 3 on 3 is about, I know we were down a man, but I saw an opening and trying to join the rush. I should have gotten it up but he made a good save."
- What did you know you had to do coming into camp, "I knew I just had to play steady hockey. I had a meeting with coach Vigneault before we started up and he told me what was expected. It was all stuff I knew that I had to do, just play a hard simple game, still be physical but show him that I can play. I have shown him the toughness side a few times but he wanted me to stay on the ice and show my playing ability and I have tried to do that so far."
- On his play, "I think I showed that in the latter half of the year last year in Hartford, we had a good playoff run and was playing some quality minutes and that really helped my confidence."