Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  •  “we have back to back against Carolina and our focus needs to be on tomorrow and how we need to play. I watched their game last night and am in the process of breaking it down. They played a real strong game, I think Toronto’s coach said they were outworked in that game. We know Carolina will come to play and work hard and we need to make sure that we are ready and execute and focus on tomorrow.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday following the Rangers optional skate (NYR):

  • On Rick Nash’s 20 goal season so far, “we need our best players to be our best and in Rick’s role, he is doing that right now. He has played well for us, not just this year but last year. This year, Rick is a goal scorer and he is finding ways to put the puck in the net and we need that.”
  • On Nash’s mentality and work ethic, “I am hoping it will be a positive example to the rest of our group. Rick is a smart young man. He knew that coming into this season, even with the playoff push that we had, his numbers were not where they needed to be. He knew that there would be scrutiny and attention put on his play and he did everything that was in his control this summer to make sure that he came here in the best possible shape and frame of mind and he is proving that he is a top end player.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG last night:

  • On the game, “we are playing back to back, got in fairly late last night, did what we had to do to win a road game which was make high percentage plays, we got the lead in the first period, and then basically when made a couple of mistakes our goalie made the saves he had to make. Other than that we did what we had to do to get two points on the road.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media last night following the Rangers 5-1 win over the Canucks (NYR):

  • On the start to the game, “we knew that their D were part of their forecheck and we were fortunate to make a couple of good plays on the wall that led to outnumber situations that our guys buried. If you look at the start of the game we have an awful turnover and Boyler is able to recover and they made three mistakes and we made them pay, that is hockey.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments on MSG

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG prior to the Rangers and Canucks:

  • On 3 in 4 starting tonight, “I want us to focus on tonight. We are playing one of the better teams int he west, high tempo, high pace game. We will have to be ready and defend when it’s time to defend and attack when it’s time to attack. It’s good to get back into hockey mode.”

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Recap: The latest episode of the AV Squad

Alain VigneaultThe latest episode of the AV Squad debuted on 12/4/14:

  • Are mumps upper body or lower body, “I would think they are upper body. I have seen some pictures of Tanner Glass all swollen up so, I don’t know if they can be lower body but on him it’s upper body….I’m good, I got the shot.”
  • On having a mostly healthy lineup, “I think as a team, any time you go through injuries you don’t want to make it an excuse, you still want to find ways to win. It’s what we tried to do, I think we weathered the storm. Finally we got both McDonagh and Boyle, most of our full lineup and like anything it will take a couple of games for guys to feel comfortable and let the chemistry settle in. We have a good group here and have proved it in quite a few games that we can measure ourselves against the best in the league and win and that is our goal, we strive to keep improving, get into the playoffs, and right now we are in the mix in a very challenging conference.”

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