Recap: AV Squad Playoffs Edition

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault joined Bill Pidto on The AV Squad to preview the Rangers first round matchup with the Flyers. This premiered before game 1 of the series :

  • How does your job change when the playoffs come, “now we have to win 4 games before they do and it’s the same opponent. The job as far as getting our team ready is the same. We will show the oppositions tendencies and have a plan to counter and a PP and PK plan and then it’s up to the players to execute. Our guys have done a good job of following the directions and being on the ice and putting a strong game and we have done it under a lot of pressure. At 40 games we had 40 points and a real strong push to get 56 points in the last 42 games, almost all playoff games. For us it’s a matter of doing what we are doing and the things we have done for a long time and putting our best game on the ice.”

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Recap: Brian Boyle on The Michael Kay Show

Brian BoyleBrian Boyle joined The Michael Kay show at 4:45PM:

  • On thinking Yanks/Sox during the game, “I told JR (Rangers PR) not to have you guys bring that up…that was a tough one. What was it 9-3?…it’s early yet. We should talk again in August.”
  • How big was last night, “game two they came harder and we knew that they were going to and we carried that into Philly because we weren’t particularly happy with how we played, especially with the lead at home. It was an emotional game and hugely important that we got game three in their building knowing that we have to go back there again on Friday.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s conference call today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault conducted a conference call today with reporters (via Rangers Report)

  • Why didn’t you bench Pouliot after his penalties, “every situation is different and last night we are in a tough situation, a tough environment and you have to trust your players. They are always walking that fineĀ  line between what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. I know Benny’s intentions were good, he felt that the player MacDonald had taken a dive on both of those occasions, I think it was the same player, and he just felt that he didn’t get a fair shake. Sometimes a situation might be that you need to sit down your player and address it and five him a few shifts off and others you need to let them work through it and in those instances I felt that Benny could work his way through it.”

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News: Who the Rangers called up for their playoff taxi squad

NHL.com lists the following players as having been called up and scratched for last night’s game:

  • Defense: Conor Allen, Tommy Hughes, Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret
  • Forward: Ryan Bourque, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Darroll Powe
  • Goalie: David Leneveu

These players will represent the Rangers taxi squad and will likely skate on their own.

These players are in addition to the already scratched JT Miller, Jesper Fast, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk.

Last year the Rangers Taxi Squad featured Jason Missiaen and Cam Talbot, Stu Bickel and Dylan McIlrath, Ryan Bourque, Michael Haley, Brandon Mashinter, JT Miller, Brandon Segal and Christian Thomas.

 

News: No supplemental discipline for Matt Read

Matt Read will not face any supplemental discipline for his elbow on Dan Carcillo last night. (Larry Brooks)

EJ Hradek and Ron Duguay both said on MSG last nigh that they felt Read would get suspended. Duguay called it “intent to injure.”

Carcillo said that he didn’t see the elbow from Read but knows he got “shouldered pretty square to the chin.”

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Read: Dan Carcillo’s performance in game three

In his first playoff game of the 2014 NHL playoffs, Dan Carcillo played 8:57, had a goal, 2 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 2 hits, got hit 3 times, one giveaway, one takeaway and one blocked shots.

Carcillo was also called for roughing against Claude Giroux in the second period and for hooking against Matt Read on a play that was looked at by many as a good defensive play.

He was also in front of the goalie on the goal that Dan Girardi scored.

Carcillo’s 8:57 broke down as:

  • First Period: 2: 17
  • Second Period: 4:16
  • Third Period: 2:24

Alain Vigneault said after the game that “I knew putting him in the lineup would bring energy and try and play the way that he can play. At one point he was a little animated when he got hit in the head and it wasn’t called. But, we got the fourth goal which gave us the three goal lead and we took it from there….the fact that they didn’t call the hit, he was upset. The penalty, I thought it was a great defensive play, the refs didn’t see it that way so we had to go out and get the kill which we did and we had a 2 on 2 where he was able to put the puck in the net. It was a good moment for him and now we turn our attention to the next game.”

Dave Maloney said after the game, “I think the thing about Carcillo that we have been able to observe is that this guy has been in the league, he plays with a certain arrogance and confidence knowing who he is. There is always a question and issue of walking the line. He got clipped with an elbow. He drives to the net and makes that goal happen. A lot of times you get concerned about playing in the emotional boundaries and sometimes you need to cross the line and Carcillo helped establish the fact that the Rangers were here to play.”

Larry Brooks writes that Carcillo was clearing out Flyers from around Henrik Lundqvist. (NY Post)

John Shannon said on Hockey Central at Noon that the ref did a favor for Dan Carcillo because he could have gotten a lot more when he was arguing with the refs after his hooking call.

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Read/Stats: Henrik Lundqvist in game three

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots last night to give the Rangers a 2-1 series advantage over the Flyers.

Lundqvist stopped 11 shots in the first, 13 in the second and 7 in the third.

Alain Vigneault said after the game that the difference last night was that the Rangers goalie was the better of the two goalies.

Dave Maloney said on MSG that Henrik Lundqvist was Henrik Lundqvist during important situations for the Rangers last night, he was battling for position and that it was the first appearance of “The King” during the playoffs.

So far in the playoffs, Lundqvist has a .930 save percentage and a 1.68 GAA.

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Read: The Rangers penalty killing last night

Last night the Rangers were 5 for 5 on the PK and the Flyers attempted 13 shots on their power play.

Only 3 of those attempts, one from Scott Hartnell, Jason Akeson and Kimmo Timonen, reached Henrik Lundqvist.

Timonen had 3 shot attempts blocked and Brayden Schenn, Claude Giroux and Mark Streit all had two shot attempts blocked. (ES)

Dan Girardi, on MSG, pointed to the “desperation,” a desire to get the puck out of the zone and blocked shots as to why the PK was as successful as it was.

Joe Micheletti said that the Rangers were so good at staying in the shooting lanes and the players showed a lot of courage with how they killed penalties.

Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG, “we stayed aggressive the whole time. Every time the puck started bouncing or they lost their focus a bit we started jumping. The pressure was key for us and made it tough for us to set up and that was the biggest part.”

Derick Brassard said on MSG that the PK did a great job of allowing the Rangers to play with a lead.

Brad Richards said on MSG that the Rangers PK probably won them the game and that it was “very desperate, any loose pucks they seemed to not give them any rebound shots, open shots, sticks were on pucks, good clears, they took momentum and we played a pretty ugly game because when you are up 3-1 all you want to do is get pucks out and get pucks in.”

Jake Voracek praised the Rangers PK saying that they killed “very, very well” and Mark Streit said that the Rangers allowed the Flyers a bunch of room on the outside and then blocked all the shots. (CSN Philly)

Timonen gave the Rangers credit for their shot blocking (CSN Philly) and Craig Berube said on MSG after the game that the Flyers can’t just try and one-time the puck every time, there needs to be quicker puck movement and some deception.

Berube added that things are too predictable with Giroux and Timonen, the puck should be in Voracek’s hands more and that with Simmonds and Hartnell around the net it’s important to get the puck around the net and giving them chances. (Flyers)

Read: The desperation and emotion was there for the Rangers in game three

Rangers-Chrome-Stadium-Series-On MSG last night, EJ Hradek said that in game three the Rangers didn’t have any passengers while he felt in game two the Rangers were carrying some passengers.

Dan Girardi said on MSG, “our emotion and desperation, game two we didn’t show much of that. We knew coming in that this building would be loud and a great atmosphere and we just played a lot harder than we did in game two and it showed some good desperation.”

Derick Brassard said on MSG that the Rangers learned from the last game, played for 60 minutesĀ  and scored some key goals.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers competed for every puck last night and did so with an urgency that was absent at MSG. (NY Post)

Brad Richards said that it was easy to feel the intensity and desperation that the Rangers were playing with and that a lot of guys were sacrificing on the ice to help the team win. ((NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Last night was a game that John Tortorella could be proud of for this Ranger team. They blocked shots, engaged, didn’t back down and got some timely goals. They played a bit on the edge but it was necessary for them to play this type of game and to have the confidence that they can play this style and beat the Flyers. It becomes a matter of carrying it over to the next game and not having to sit after a loss in game four and say the same things that were said after game two.