In a subdued Rangers locker room at the Bell Centre Sunday night, several players addressed the club's issues in Montreal following a 4-1 loss that ran their current struggles playing at the Bell Centre to 0-5-1 their last six visits.
"We addressed it before the game," team captain Ryan Callahan said of the team's prior struggles in Montreal. "We know it's a tough building to play in and we know we have had trouble in here. It's something we wanted to correct, especially tonight. For whatever reason, in the defensive zone we seem to run around a bit when we get into this building, and I can't put a finger on as to why that is. It's something that needs to be fixed, and there's no excuse for it. It's got to be a mindset where we can't think about having had troubles here in the past. We've got to put that out of our head and just play."
Defenseman Dan Girardi has played in a all six of the Rangers' recent winless efforts in Montreal, and said afterwards that he just could not "figure it out here."
"It's seems like every time we come in here we get away from what we do," said Girardi. "It's really hard to explain and it's really hard to wrap your head around. We are a really good defensive team and it seems like we have our breakdowns here for some reason. I do not know why."