Ryan McDonagh said that the way the Rangers played last night was the type of game that they need to bring on a nightly basis. (NY Post)
He said that the Rangers simplified their game, made high percentage plays and brought "energy and physicality when needed." (NY Post)
Larry Brooks called it the "kind of tough, grinding, physical affair" that the Rangers have struggled in lately and should expect to face as the season moves forward. (NY Post)
JT Miller said that Tanner Glass' fight in the first period was "huge" and "inspirational" to see and Antti Raanta said that Glass' fight "got us going a little." (NY Post)
Dave Maloney said that Glass played a "very important" role last night and noted that someone needs to be a catalyst to fire up the team. (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that he liked how the Rangers competed and executed and cited a higher battle level while adding that "there is no doubt that Tanner was out there to make a point." (MSG)
Vigneault was asked if it was a "reality check" and said that it qualified as a "hard fought hockey game" where the Rangers picked up the two points. (MSG)
Toughness and physicality have been a topic that has followed the Rangers throughout the season.
Hits were 23-23 last night.
Adam Rotter: There is no doubt that the Rangers played a gritter game last night and were more engaged than they have been in prior games. Whether that has to do with Tanner Glass actually playing or Alain Vigneault calling out the team's battle level or something else, I don't know. This team has played physically before during the season but it's certainly not their forte. Adding in Glass does bring at least one player who brings that element on a consistent basis, but I can't see how it makes sense to keep Glass in the lineup when both Jesper Fast and Michael Grabner come back. It's possible that isn't part of the plan at all and that once those guys return Glass will be a scratch, but if the feeling is that Glass is the one who sparked that physical game, he may find a way to be a regular at the expense of someone else.