Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media this morning prior to the Rangers game against the Flyers (Rangers):

  • On Chris Kreider, “he got hurt in the Columbus and it was very limited pain. A very small amount of pain.”
  • On what is next and could it be surgery, “we are still trying to figure out the course of action.”
  • On Kreider didn’t play much on Monday in the third, “I decided to go down to three lines and Step and Marty were having a tough time getting their energy level and he was the odd man out but it had nothing to do with the injury.”

 

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultOn MSG, Alain Vigneault met with the media:

  • “we talked about winning the second and then the third. We didn’t execute the way we needed to in the first period and that is a team that I know very well and usually when they have a lead they can keep the lead. We found a way tonight. We were probably a little low, not as high as we are emotionally and physically on the ice it took us a while to get going but we found a way. I thought our second was real good. In the third we knew there wasn’t going to be a lot of room, there wasn’t but our guys found a way to tie it up and get it done in OT and it says a lot about the group.”

 

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Recap: Alain Vigneault pre game comments (On John Moore, Marty St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist, Raphael Diaz)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault spoke with with the media today after the Rangers morning skate:

  • On what the team will do if Stepan/St. Louis can’t play, “Right now I think we are probably in the process of emergency calling on JT just in case but both of those guys and Dorse are all game time decisions. Dorse is feeling a little bit better and we will try and sort this out as the day moves forward.”
  • On Kevin Klein and going to the left side and Raphael Diaz, “what impressed me about him was that he went to see Raphael before and said listen…Raf had never played left side and he offered to play. I thought that was a veteran pretty good thing to do but I spoke with Diaz this morning and he will play on the left side. We need to find out if he can play there. Obviously our three right shots are comfortable on right side. We need to find out if he can do it and I think he told me that he has played a few shifts there. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG after the Rangers beat the Devils (MSG):

  • Would you call this one of the best defensive efforts of the season, “it was a grinding type game from both teams. There wasn’t a lot of room. In the first period our goalie made two key saves against some real top players, Jagr on a breakaway and Zajac down the middle, he made two big saves. What we did was just kept grinding away and we found a way to score a goal in the second and took it from there.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault pre game comments (Updates)

Alain Vigneault6:50PM: Sam Rosen spoke with Alain Vigneault on MSG:

  • How do you match the emotion of last night, “two points are up for grabs and its’ two points that we need to make the playoffs. Last night, there was a state of mind of our players was real good. Prior to Nash’s fight we were playing good hockey and only gave them 4 chances through two periods. We couldn’t beat their goalie and they scored first an came back and tied it up and won the game. We need to bring that same focus and execution.”
  • What can you carry from the outdoor game against NJ, “that is behind us now, both teams are fighting for points. The Devils made it clear that they can’t afford to lose tonight and they area¬† good team, they are a big team and will come at us hard and we need to be ready to move the puck and play a fast game.”
  • On injuries, “we will try Diaz on the left side and we have been waiting a while to see what he can do. We have gotten good reports and hopefully he can contribute. Dorse came up with a stomach flu this afternoon, he played a good game for us last night so Carcillo will come in tonight.”
  • On Jagr, “you can’t stop a player of that caliber. He is so big and strong and we need to contain him, contain him with more than one player and do a good job.”
  • How to win, “play fast and score one more than them.”

6:10PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media in New Jersey before tonight’s game against New Jersey (Rangers Report):

  • Same lineup tonight, “no…Johnny Moore is out with concussion symptoms so he is being evaluated on a daily basis. Dorsett came up with the stomach flu early this afternoon so he is out also. We have a couple of other players that have some little issues that we will try in warmup and then go from there.”
  • What can you expect of Diaz, “he has been playing in the league a couple of years. The info that we got from MTL and Vancouver was that he is a safe, effective defenseman that can make a good first pass and help on the PP. I’m not sure if I should say but unfortunately for him he will play the left side, a side he has never played before. We need to know if he can play that side and that is where he will replace Johnny today. As a player, you have to be versatile and able to play more than one position so we will find out tonight.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers beat the Blue Jackets (MSG)

  • the way the Rangers won, “we…I think we showed a lot of mental toughness in this game. We played real solid in the first two periods and in my estimation we should have been up, it was a tie game and they come out and score the first one off an unfortunate play where Benny breaks his stick and they get one, it’s a great shot and we fought right back and scored right away. Brass got a big goal and had some great opps before that and buried that one and both teams knew that was at stake, there was a lot of chippiness out there, everybody fighting for every inch and we found a way to win.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault pre game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media this morning in Columbus to discuss tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets (Rangers):

  • On Marty St. Louis on the PP, “it wasn’t really on the point, we have four forwards like we do now with Richie and he was in and out and more half wall. He is real comfortable on that side and that area and the difference between the set ups and that we use and set ups that he is used to, he is used to having a lot of right hand shots and we don’t have very many on our team. That complicates things a little bit and we tried a couple of things in practice yesterday and we will see how it works out tonight.”
  • Do you want the players aware of what is going on in the standings, “I gotta believe that in our environment and the people we know, everyone is talking about did you see last night and what happened so everyone is up to date on what is going on but our focus is on the game at hand. Tonight we have a real tough opponent and one of the hardest working teams, highest compete level teams in the league and it will be a real tough game for us.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers practiced in Columbus today (Rangers):

  • On defense changes and Diaz skating with Staal today, “I don’t think so at this time. We have talked about, I would like to put him in the lineup but the games are so important and the guys are playing pretty good in front of him so we will see what happens in the next couple of games.”
  • On the defense from the last game, “yea, this morning we had a video session before practice where we showed a couple of areas where we need to be better in. What I take out of that game, and yes there are areas defensively where we can be better, I am hoping that those eight goals is going to help start a couple of our offensive guys. Nasher came up big for us though one was an empty net goal, he scored a short handed goal and I really liked Brass’ line in that game. They were part of I think 7 or 8 scoring chances for which is a very good night for a line so I am hoping that it will be a start for us and more of our guys will find the net on a more regular basis. You need that, you definitely need that, you need to make the other team pay for their mistakes.”

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Recap: AV Squad (3/13)

  • Alain VigneaultOn the Callahan trade, “you lose your captain obviously, Ryan was a very important part of our team but I think all players know that things like that may happen at a certain point in time and in this case it did happen and unfortunately we lost our captain but fortunately we gained a real quality player and person. I’m sure Marty will fit in real well and help us win games.”
  • Do you have to talk to the team after a trade like that, “that was a real emotional day with a lot of things going on and we skated that morning, I wanted to skate them that morning to keep the guys busy and not have them think about the deadline. Trade happened when we got off the ice and that night I didn’t feel the need to address the team or say anything special. Marty flew in from Tampa and walked into the room and I thought that was enough. He has a great presence, an elite player, one of the best players in the NHL and we are fortunate to have him.” To read more of this story, click here

Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Senators:

On 8 goals, “that is very positive for our group but this was a different type of game with chances on both sides. This was not obviously a defensive masterpiece but we found a way to score some goals which we hadn’t done in a while and hopefully that will carry over to the next couple of games.”

Was there something that told you the team was heading in the right direction, “it was a funny game, 2-1 after the first. The first was a couple of chances both sides and they found our net and we found their net and then that last 5 of the second where we scored 3 rather quickly seemed to change the game around for us. Lets just say that this wasn’t a masterpiece by both teams.”

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