Alain Vigneault’s comments after the Rangers beat the Hurricanes 5-1, via the Rangers website:
- On Derek Stepan, “You never want to critique a win…it didn’t start the way I wanted, not just the game but his line, the first three shifts were totally in our end and I must have sat that line out for 8-9 minutes in the first period but I liked how they responded. You challenge them and they respond the right way. They go on the ice and had some real solid puck possession shifts and that line ended up being real good for us at the end of the night after having a so-so start.”
- On the Brassard/Dorsett/Boyle line, “my idea originally was to try Step and that didn’t work out how I anticipated. This game is about making some quick assessments and quick decisions and I put that line together and I thought they played real well. That line is one of the biggest most skilled lines when they put it together and I thought that Brass, Boyle and Dorse did a real solid job.
- On the young guys producing”Hags speed definitely helps us. Hags scoring the way he does tonight, backing up theirs ds the way he can is so important to a team having success and winning games and he came up with two big goals for us. Hank, in my mind was the best player on the ice, he permitted us to find our legs, find our rhythm. We had a couple of breakdowns and he did what a great goaltender is supposed to do.”
- On calling a timeout, “I was close to doing that and then we had an icing call and then a TV timeout. During the TV timeout we were able to talk about a few things and it’s when I decided to go with three lines instead of four and it seemed to help us in the second half of the first period.”
- On the Murphy hit on Dorsett, “that in my opinion is a real dangerous. Anytime you are going after the knees you are talking about career ending injuries so that was borderline very very dangerous. “