David Quinn jokes that the key to success in the NHL's overtime is "talent because it is legal pond hockey."
But on Tuesday night in the garden, it was the boldness that made the first Rangers there. The trio of Chris Kraider, Artemi Panarin and Tony DeAngelo were on the ice for the initial 2:06 of the extra period, hardly giving up the chance to score while hardly enough energy to get to the bench.
"I wanted to take out three oxygen tanks for all three, but I don't think they would let me do it," Quinn said. "This happens a lot in overtime."
When this trio got out of the ice, two rookies showed talent – with a great pass from Adam Fox to Kaapo Coco to win the game and win 3-2 over the Penguins.
The overtime scenario was a talking point this season, after Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella mentioned that there was no need for a shootout, if it happened three to three, to pass the allotted five minutes. It may be a rare outside game that drags on and on, but for the most part Tortorella is right.
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"There's a bunch of stuff you can know," Quinn said, "but really at the end of the day, this is a NHL version of pond hockey. "
Quinn first saw him last season, his first behind the Rangers bench when he went 3-9 in the top three, the second worst record in the league behind the Avalanche (who went 3-12 and still made the playoffs). They were 6-5 in the shootout.
Tuesday was only the third time this season, the Rangers need extra time. In the first two, they lost in overtime to the Coyotes on Oct. 22, after which they lost a shootout to the Panthers on Sunday night.
But Tuesday also turned out to be when their talent was so abundant in evidence.
"Just a hell of a Fox game," Quinn said.
It also took Quinn's certainty to force Fox and Coco – along with Pavel Buchnevich – into the next shift after the first group's deoxygenating battle. But he returned to that initial reason for success in overtime – talent.
– How did it work? said Quinn jokingly. "Because they are good. They deserve to be there. They are good players and deserve this opportunity. "