Alain Vigneault

Recap: Alain Vigneault with Mike Francesa

Alain Vigneault joined Mike Francesa at 1:30PM on WFAN:

  •  On last night, “obviously it was a pretty good game for us. Going into the third we had a tie game and we were able capitalize on a double minor where we scored two goals and that was the difference in the game.”
  • On executing his vision, “we said going into the series that we had to play to our strengths and our strengths are that is that when it’s time to defend we defend hard and smart and when we get the puck we go north/south and we attack the opposition real quickly. That is what we did last night, we spent a lot of time through the year working on the PP. Scott Arneil, my associate coach is in charge of the PP and he spent a lot of time with both units. and Stepan’s unit was able to come up big at at big time, a pressure moment. We had killed one of their penalties a little before that and they get the double minor and get them to pay. It was the first game of the series and they had been up front with how they would play. They were gonna come at us hard. They like the chippiness to their game and a lot of pushing and shoving after the whistle and we need discipline and play whistle to whistle and that is what we did last night.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Flyers (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

Was it a complete team effort, “it was a hard game. We knew coming in what to expect and for the most part we executed fairly well. We got out of our end pretty quickly and got to spend quite a bit of time in their end. They did a good job and the game is tied after two going to the third and we kill off a big penalty and then they take a 4 min high sticking and the PP did what it has to do and produced.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media this morning after the Rangers morning skate (Rangers) :

  • Did you feel any sort of let down after getting in and getting home ice, “If there was a sense of relief it was for one game. It’s not like we clinched early or got home ice early. We went into Montreal and played a pretty good game that at the end of the day didn’t change anything for us. We have been in playoff hockey mode for some time and are ready for the series.”
  • On McDonagh and Girardi against their top line, “they have played throughout the year against all teams top lines but if they aren’t out there, Marc Staal is a great defender who has played against top players with Anton Stralman and we are strong on D and feel comfortable that we have two pairs that can pretty much play against anybody.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault on ESPN Radio

Alain Vigneault joined Don La Greca and Alan Hahn on The Michael Kay Show:

  • Does anything change from regular season to playoffs, “we aren’t going to change how we have played. In my estimation it’s been very successful since the beginning of December and allowed us to make a push here and to get into the playoffs which is not easy to do. Our style will not change but obviously what will change is preparing for one opponent. We need to win four games to move on. The Flyers have a great group of forwards, a good combo of skill, size and grit and a good group of D who move the puck well. We have a good challenge in front of us and our guys have prepared well for the past few days and we are looking forward to the opportunity to compete.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  • On which goalie for Philly, “two very good goalies and we have prepared for both.”
  • On what McDonagh brings, “Ryan plays big minutes against top lines, plays big minutes 5 on 5 and PP and PK, my estimation he is one of the best young defensemen in the league and will only get better. Great skill set, great conditioned athlete, committed to becoming the best player he can be and he took big strides this year and I expect that to continue. First opp to have a real big role on our team in the playoffs, he wasn’t playing PP before and he is now and we need him to be real effective back there.”

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Recap: AV Squad (4/10)

Alain Vigneault joins Bill Pidto on the latest episode of The AV Squad:

  • On the state of the team at the end of the regular season, “we are playing some good hockey to be on this push right now because we needed a push. It’s so competitive and tight and we were able to go on a run there and for a while in our last ten games we were 7 wins and 3 losses and we needed a push like that. We have a couple of more games to play and hopefully play well and be ready for the playoffs.”
  • On lineup juggling with injuries, “in losing Chris Kreider, he had been one of our better offensive players because of his size and speed has been challenging. Obviously losing Ryan McDonagh on D. That is part of a season. You will have to deal with injuries and make sure that your team has depth and deal with it. Our guys have done a good job. Some guys have been asked to play different minutes, more minutes and they have handled it pretty good.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On JT Miller, Rick Nash)

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

  •  Is there an update on Brassard, “no.”
  • Do you expect him on Thursday, “I would say yes.”
  • On Mats Zuccarello, “he is a very important player to our group and one of our most consistent offensive players and in our push to get into the playoffs his line with Brassard and Pouliot has been good at 5 on 5 and on the PP and he is a big part of that. He is intense and smart and plays with an edge to his game and we need that from him.”

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Read: Alain Vigneault on hits and responding to them

Alain Vigneault.png10:34AM: On the latest episode of the AV Squad, Alain Vigneault was asked about how the team responded to the hits put on by Alex Burrows and Chris Neil.

Vigneault said, “I think you have to be careful. The Vancouver game, 40 seconds left, and the game is basically over and we want the two points and to get out of there. The Ottawa game, there is more time on the clock and we are down by a goal and we get shorthanded on that one. Sometimes, hitting is part of the game and you need to take a hit and suck it up and take care of it at another moment. A 3-2 game when we are down and end up shorthanded, yea we respond with a little pushing and shoving but sometimes you need to be careful there.”

He added, “I think every situation is different. Bot of those hits, you could say are questionable but hitting is part of the game and we threw some big hits in that game, Benoit Pouliot right in front of our bench drilled one of their guys, hitting is part of the game. “

Brad Richards said that the Rangers will have a “pack mentality” and that if someone goes to respond for a hit he will have the backup of his teammates. (NY Post)

Richards said that you can’t prevent guys from getting hit but they can be there to support them. He adds that the best response is to score on power plays that come from those players being hit. (NY Post)

Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault, on Hockey Night Live, met with the media:

  • On the game, “we played hard. We came to play, had some great looks, great chances, their goalie was on top of their game, especially in the first two periods we had some really good looks. Our goalie gave us a chance. This game didn’t mean anything for us at the end of the day but we talked about playing well and that is what we did tonight.”
  • How ready is the team for the playoffs, “we are as ready as we can be.”
  • On what is next, “We will get to work. The players will get a day off tomorrow. We will get to work and figure out our schedule for the next couple of days and fill everyone in on Monday.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault on MSG with Sam Rosen

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG before the Rangers and Habs:

  • On tonight, “we won’t relax and what we will do is…this game, as far as the standings, has no impact but what we want to do is go into the playoffs and feel good about our game and we will pay attention to details and play the right way on the ice. We are resting some guys, McDonagh, Girardi and Marty St. Louis but the other four lines and 6 D will get an chance to show they are sharp when the playoffs start.”

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