The top quotes first:
Ryan McDonagh, on the relief after the trade deadline passed: "We have such a tight-knit group. We really hold each other accountable, battle and have the will to compete. That's a tough thing to find in a locker room,e specially at this level. We're just really looking forward to every game now, and it's a great mentality to have."
Brad Richards on his line (five points), with Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan: "We've been solid, but the main thing is we've gotten on the board. Maybe a month ago we weren't. We have to help out 5-on-5 and we've done that lately and it's satisfying."
Richards: "We knew the first goal was important, we knew it was one of those games. We did a great job defending."
Lundqvist on winning 30 for the seventh consecutive year: "It means a lot to me...it means that I play for a club that's given me the opportunity to play a lot. I have a pretty good team in front of me as well."
Dubinsky on newest Ranger John Scott: "He's a monster---I mean his size. He'll be a good addition and we'll welcome him wehn he gets here."
Carl Hagelin on Richards and the team: "He's been on me abput a lot of things I need to work on. It's important for me to have a veteramn like him leading the way.... I think we show character every night...They wore us down grinding low, but we found a way."
Devils coach Peter DeBoer: "We might have passed up some shots, but it was tight both ways. I don;t care what the shot clock said. There was a lot of energy spent on the ice and in the battles in the cormers and on the puck."
Rangers are 21-7-2 at home...it was the 100th win all-time against the Devils...The Blueshirts are nine points up on the Bruins in the East....They had 18 blocked shots...The 13 shots allowed was the lowest since they held the Calgary Flames to 11 on Jan. 19, 1981 at MSG...Hagelin, who wore the Broadway Hat and had his second consecutive multi-goal game, is growing. Look for a full story on him with more quotes from him, Tortorella and Richards, coming up tomorrow....Next up: Raleigh on Thursday against the Hurricanes.