Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  • On Richards season, “I think he has been a real good leader on our team as far as his work ethic and prep and that has lead to me being able to use him on the PP, he has been our QB back there even more than Mac to some extent. 5 on 5 I have used him with a whole bunch of different players and he has always found a way to contribute on the scoreboard or by making the smart play. He has really helped our team. A veteran player who has bought into what we are trying to create and he has really helped our team move forward.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the game (MSG) and said:

  • Do you see signs for a playoff game, “we talked before the game that we have been playing good hockey for a long time and that we want to go into the playoffs feeling good about our game. For the most part tonight that is what we did. Tonight was one of our best scoring chance nights of the year, we were over 20 and that is a lot in the game. We kept them to 10 which is good. PP scored tonight and we had the Zuccy wave before the game so (laughing) it was a pretty good night all in all.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  • “I asked Mac this morning how he was doing, he said he was fine, day to day. Kreids has a cast on so he is out indefinitely.”
  • Will you put McDonagh in before the playoffs if he is ready, “I’m 50/50 on that and will see…he will have to be 100-100% which he should be but I am still 50/50 on that.”
  • Do you think he will practice in full tomorrow, “not 100% sure right now. See how today goes.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media earlier today after the Rangers practice (Rangers):

  • On why Jesper Fast was called up, “quite simply, both Jeff and Schoeny were at the game last night and said that he was the best player on the ice so we felt that we should bring him up, take a look at him in practice and decide tomorrow.”
  • On Nash going to the left side, “that is one thing, the other thing is that Marty is more comfortable on the right side and Nash has played the left side quite a bit so it’s pretty easy for him to move there. Brass’ unit doesn’t change from 5 on 5 to PP and they have had pretty good consistency and success there and we hope that it continues and those lines will have more balance.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

AAlain Vigneaultain Vigneault, on Hockey Night Live, met with the media and said:

  • When we had some chances…if we score early I think it’s a different game. I wasn’t crazy about trading chances against a team like that. They have a couple of skill lines and a defenseman that loves to join the attack at every opportunity. We had as many chances as they did in the first period, they scored and we didn’t and then we are trying to find our way back. Energy wise it was a challenge for us but our guys tried hard and just couldn’t get it done.”
  • “We never get the benefit of the doubt when we play back to back. I knew and mentioned this morning that it would be a challenge and we talked about it. First game back from a long road trip, I don’t know why, is always challenging for players and today our execution from defense to offense was average and probably one of the reasons why we had a tough time getting going offensively but we still managed to get some shots on net, get some good looks going and scored two times.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault

6:46PM: Alain Vigneault spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG and said:

  • On the season, “the 30th of December in Tampa Bay, after 40 games we had 40 points and we discussed with the group what we had to do to try and get to the playoffs. We were on the outside at that point and trying to get in and since then the results have been better, we have been playing really good hockey, we were playing good hockey prior to the Tampa game but weren’t getting the results. We have turned it around and have an opp tonight to clinch a spot without help so helpfully we can get it done.”
  • What adjustment did you make at that time, “no adjustment. As a group I thought we were playing well but the biggest adjustment was probably that Hank started to play like Hank and that for our team and all the pieces  fell into place. Goaltending can take you a long way and since that time we have gotten great goaltending.”
  • On Richards and St. Louis, “I will try another piece there. Not that I haven’t liked what they have done, they have found ways to contribute without being on the scoresheet…I like the looks of the other three lines. Brian Boyle has been playing some good hockey and playing well and using his size and going to the tough areas. We will see what he can do with Brad and Marty.”
  • On Marc Staal, “Marc is one of our best two way players and we need him to keep playing that way. He will log big minutes tonight I am sure he is looking forward to it.”

5:23PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media this morning after the Rangers morning skate (Rangers) :

  • Any update on McDonagh or Kreider, “McDonagh is day to day and Kreider I have not asked anyone.”
  • He isn’t able to do anything yet, “I don’t know, would be wrong for me to give you that answer. I haven’t asked anyone.”
  • McDonagh isn’t playing tonight, “no.”
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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers lost to the Avs (MSG):

  • On only getting one point, “I would have preferred two. We were in a position to win this game….faceoff in our end. We win the draw, had two opportunities to get it out and we didn’t. They tied it up and we lost in a shootout.”
  • Were you too protective in the third, “no, I think they had a real strong push. A couple of our guys logged some minutes and it’s the fourth game on this trip so…give them credit, they had a real strong push in the third.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers beat the Canucks:

  • On special teams, “our PP gave us a two goal lead. Had some good looks and were finally able to score one there. The PK in the third, they had two PPs. We had a one goal lead and the PK giving us that goal was very important for us.”
  • On the road wins, “Nothing special. There isn’t a home way to play and a road way to play and we try to play the right way all the time. We come on the road and try to play the same type of game and it has paid off for us.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault pre game comments with TSN

Alain VigneaultOn TSN, Alain Vigneault spoke briefly with Farhan Lalji:

On his emotions, “I went through my emotion that exhibition game. Now I am with my team to get points. We are in a tough race and need the points.”

On the Canucks, “I am 3000 miles away, it would be unfair to make a statement here on what has happened I don’t know

On Marty, “he is playing well. Offensively he is a little disappointed but he is doing things away from the puck and helping us win games. 9-4-1 with him in the lineup and it’s just a matter of time before he gets on the scoresheet and makes us better.

Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain Vigneault.pngAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers beat the Oilers:

  •  What stands out more, defense or five goals, “Well, you know, on some nights you need some bounces and we got a couple of bounces tonight offensively. Our PK gave us two big goals, that was good to see. We came in and hadn’t played as well as we could, I thought, in Calgary and tonight we were better when they did get some opportunities and they did it was just one and not two or three like the last game and Cam made those saves, so it was a better game.”
  • On Derek Stepan, “He has played well at both ends of the rink. When he has a chance to make a defensive play he makes a defensive play and when he has a an opportunity to find Nasher in the open he does and it’s working well for us.”
  • “Nothing else….thank you very much guys.”