Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Post Game Comments

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win in Philadelphia:

  • On going to the net to score, “it was one of the things that we have been talking to our guys about. It’s a tough league to score. The quality of the goaltending is real solid and to score goals you gotta go into the tough areas and pay the price. We accomplished what we wanted to tonight. Philly came at us real hard, we moved the puck in a fashion that allowed us to break their forecheck. It was a hard fought game.”
  • On Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot, “They both played to their strength. They moved the puck, they used their speed. They had some really good chances on the PP but it didn’t pan out there. There seems to be a little bit of chemistry there and hopefully it improves.”

  • On the pace, “I think both games were a little different. Tonight we did what we had to do to generate some offense. There wasn’t a lot of room but we did what we had to do.”
  • On young players, “I think we had four or five guys play their first NHL game tonight and I didn’t feel that anybody was in awe. They all went out there and had good support from their teammates and it was a good game for a first for a lot of those guys.”
  • On winning in the preseason, “you play to win. I love to win. Right now I am focused on evaluating players and the way we want to play and the way you need to play to have success.”
  • On Marty Biron, “some of those shots were grade A scoring chances. Give him full marks, he came in there and made the saves he had to do. In the late third period with a few seconds left Cam did what he had to do and made a big save that gave us a chance to win.”