Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers morning skate today (NYR)

  • On Dan Girardi, “I would say that he is day to day right now. The cut was bleeding this morning so we will see how it is tomorrow and go from there.”
  • On what he liked from Sunday, “like I mentioned after the game, faceoffs were very positive. Starting with the puck changes the dynamics of a hockey game. That was their third game in four nights. They were real good in the first, structure wise, and then in the second I just thought we kept coming and doing the right things as far as wearing them down and we were able to do that.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over the Sharks:

  • Overall, we did what we had to do to win a game against a tough opponent. They are a good faceoff team and our guys bared down and got a lot of help on the 50/50 pucks and it permitted us to start with the puck, we are a better team and a faster team when we start with the puck. There is no doubt that we got a couple of bounces from their goalie tonight that permitted us to score timely goals. Those two at the end of the second were difference makers and when we did break down Hank made some solid saves for us.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (NYR)

  • On Anthony Duclair being scratched tomorrow, “This has everything to do with what I talked about in the beginning. When he is going to be in our lineup we would like him to be in our top nine. As I mentioned, I don’t think he will play every game and that is where we are right now. Yes, he is a young player, he needs to play but we played 5 games in eight nights and that is a pretty good learning curve for a young player, I feel that for the next game, the 12 other forwards will give us a good chance to win and I am not saying that with Anthony we wouldn’t but for this game it’s what I think is best for the team.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Hurricanes (MSG):

  • “I thought defensively they were safer and more dependable with the puck. We could still play faster and offensively still find ways to get our shots on net with proper traffic but overall it was a step in the right direction. There is an old American saying in pro sports that says you never critique a win, so, I will stick to that.” (laughing)

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments (Updates)

Alain Vigneault 6:47PM: Sam Rosen spoke with Alain Vigneault on MSG:

  • On it being a big game, “we are at home, we need to win, we all know that this is a tough league and a tough conference and you need to win games. We have been good in moments but not able to put a complete game together and we need to do that tonight. We are playing a hard working and well coached opponent, its’ a good game for us.”
  • On the breakdowns, “I wouldn’t blame it on the new games, our older players are fighting it a bit. For the most part, if I look at our last game, our first two periods were our best of the year. You have to pay when teams make mistakes and we haven’t done it enough and when we made some they made us pay. That is fundamental hockey, we got another opportunity tonight, a big important game in front of our fans. We want to make New York a hard place to come in and play and that is what we are going to do tonight.”

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Recap: First AV Squad Episode of 2014-15

Alain VigneaultOn 10/9, MSG premiered the first episode this season of The AV Squad:

  •  How did the summer go, “just the right length, it’s my second time in four years where I have gotten to the Final. Haven’t gotten the big prize but have gotten there. About a month before the season I was chomping at the bit to get back, I feel all the players are in the same way.”

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Recap: Alain VIgneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (NYR):

  • How correctable are the defensive issues, “they are correctable. A lot of our mishaps have been turnovers or more rush chances than anything else and a lot of that is us being on the wrong side of the puck, not saying that we are trying to sneak in offensively but sometimes instead of maybe being on the high percentage side you are taking a chance which they counter and rush on you and that combined with way too many turnovers from our defense group. As a whole that group is playing under par and we need them to play a good game tomorrow. There is a lot of pressure on us tomorrow,’ we haven’t won at home yet but we are playing well in stretches and then we have a breakdown of a few minutes that leads to a multitude of grade a opps for the other team. I am expecting us to be focused and energized for a big, tough game.”

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