Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers game one loss (via the NHL):

Q. Did you feel early on you were able to set the pace? Where do you feel it got away from you?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I don’t think we set the pace. I liked the way we played in the first two periods. I thought it was a hard?fought, you know, first 40 minutes by both teams.
Not quite sure what happened there in the third. Not sure if it was them being that good or us stopping moving the puck and skating and going north/south.
They definitely took it to us in the third and they were able to get a bounce on the winning goal and put it in the back of the net.

Q. On the winning goal, should Pouliot be staying in the zone?
COACH VIGNEAULT: He thinks that’s an automatic play. The puck bounced over Dan’s stick. Not sure what he could do there. It was an unlucky bounce on our part, a fortunate bounce on their part.
Couldn’t put the handle on it. I mean it was a bang?bang play. We were going north/south. We thought the puck was moving.

Q. Did you think the number of chances that you didn’t put away probably came back to haunt you in the end?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, could say the same thing for them. I think after 40 minutes both teams chance?wise maybe we were a little bit better in the first there. But it was a pretty close game. Could have been 2?1, 2?2 for either team.
In the third, they just were the better team on the ice.

Q. What is the adjustment you need to make going into Game 2?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Let me look at the tape here. We got 48 hours to make some adjustments before we play Saturday.
I’ll look at the game film and we’ll go from there.

Q. Is John Moore a definite for Game 2?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Again, I haven’t talked about lineup decisions here as we move throughout the playoffs and I’m not going to start tonight.

Q. Talk a little bit about Hagelin. Speed seemed to be a big weapon for you today.
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, his speed shorthanded was definitely a positive factor for us. We just need to be able to generate the same thing five?on?five.

Q. You knew how heavy a team they were, they are. Now that you’ve seen it firsthand in these playoffs, what is your take on the physicality they bring?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, they’re a good team. I mean, they come at you hard. When you make a play, you got to be willing to take the hit to make the play. That’s something we knew coming into the series.
I thought for 40 minutes we handled it real well. Not quite sure what happened in the third there.

Q. Do you feel like you let the Kings off the hook a bit?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I feel when you play against such a good opponent that has all that strength you need to play a full game. For whatever reason tonight we just weren’t good enough in the third.

Q. What did you think about Lundqvist tonight?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I mean, he was the reason why we went to overtime. I mean, he gave us a chance. When you get to overtime, a lot of times it’s a bounce, it’s a shot. Tonight they got it.




2 comments
Anatoliy Shor
Anatoliy Shor

Hags should have ended it yesterday. This miss could be the miss of the post season. I just hope it didn't cost us the Cup.. LGR!!!

Straw18
Straw18

They looked very tired in the third period......they weren't skating and looked very lackluster.....I'll give some credit to the Kings but I think it was more of the Rangers not pressing hard enough....all in all a moral victory in my book....everyone said they could not play with LA and they did....imagine if Hags connects on the breakaway with 30 seconds left this would be a different series.......but I believe they will learn from their mistakes and play a crisper game now that all the jitters are out.....