WASHINGTON – Pavel Buchnevich’s stint in the doghouse lasted just one game, as the 23-year-old Russian winger was back in the lineup Wednesday.
“Hey, listen, he’s a really good player,’’ Rangers coach David Quinn said of Buchnevich. “I thought he had a really good practice the other day, and he’s had a good attitude and we need him. I want to give him a chance to get back in and get back on the horse.’’
There was something of a catch, though. Buchnevich was put back in the lineup to replace Cody McLeod, who stepped in for him in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche, and Quinn inserted him into McLeod’s spot in the lineup, which meant Buchnevich played left wing on the fourth line, with center Ryan Spooner and right wing Vinni Lettieri. Buchnevich, a left-handed shot, had played right wing exclusively in his NHL career until Quinn tried him at left wing in a game last week against San Jose. After that game, Buchnevich admitted he was lost at left wing, and told Newsday, he was done playing left wing after that one game because, “it doesn’t work.’’
But Quinn said he didn’t want to disrupt the other three forward lines, and so Buchnevich had to play on the left side against the Capitals.
“I know what his comment was,’’ Quinn said of Buchnevich.
D Adam McQuaid did not return to the lineup after sitting out his first game of the season Tuesday. Quinn said he had originally planned to put McQuaid back in Wednesday, but the defense played so well Tuesday he decided to keep the same group together . . . With Henrik Lundqvist playing, and the next back-to-back not until Nov. 9-10, backup Alexandar Georgiev could be heading to the AHL to get some ice time soon. “Jeff [Gorton] and I will talk about that,’’ Quinn said. “We don’t want him sitting too long and getting stale.’’ . . . Quinn had fond memories of the Capital One Arena. “Yeah, last time I was here was April 11th, 2009, so, kind of cool coming back in here,’’ he said. Quinn was an assistant coach for Boston University that night when it won the NCAA championship.