Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over Montreal (via the NHL):

Q. After these last two days with the talk back and forth, is this as satisfying a win as you’ve had in quite a while?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I mean, it’s a win in our quest to win four. I mean, it was a real competitive game. We put ourselves behind the 8‑ball a few times by taking, I think it was five penalties 200 feet from our net. We’re going to have to do a much better job than that.
But give credit to our killers and our goaltender. They did a real good job. The goal they had on the power play was deflected, but for the most part I thought we did a pretty good job killing those penalties, but we’re going to have to be better than that.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today (via the NHL):

Q. Coach, do you resent what happened yesterday with your assistants being asked to leave the Canadiens practice, and what is your reaction to the reason why?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, we were treated very unfairly yesterday. There is no rule. There was no agreement between both teams. That is the exception, not the rule. I mean, I’ve been asked in the past to do this on a couple of occasions. Usually the coach calls me or the GM calls the GM, never happened. What happened yesterday was uncalled for. Without a doubt, my staff handled it with a lot of class, just like our team, play whistle to whistle, don’t get involved with the other stuff. We’re very credible. This is the National Hockey League, and that type of behavior, we’re lucky it didn’t escalate.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media today (via the NHL):

Q. Do you have a better idea today about the timeframe for Stepan? Do you have any update on him?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I don’t have an update as far as time. He’s in the hospital right now recovering from surgery, so that’s all I’ve got.
Q. Are you calling it day-to-day? Is the name for it day-to-day, indefinitely, do you have a name at all for it?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Call it whatever you want.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media earlier today (via the NHL)

Q. It’s been two games against Dustin Tokarski. What have you guys learned about him that maybe didn’t show up in a scouting report? Didn’t show up on film? Is there anything you’ve gleaned over the two games about him that you didn’t know?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Not really. Benoit had done his homework on him prior to the series, which he should, with our team. And we knew that he was a really good, young goaltender that battled really hard, that competes real hard, and that’s what he’s shown so far in this series.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media last night following the Rangers loss to Montreal in game three (via the NHL):

Q. Did you have a chance to take a look at that Prust hit? If the league reviews it, what are your thoughts?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, we looked at it they missed it.

Q. Do you have any idea what you might be looking at in terms of the possible Carcillo suspension?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, he can’t do that, obviously, what he did there, but we’ll let the league handle that. I believe if a penalty would have been called on Prust, it probably wouldn’t have happened, but there is nothing we can do about it.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers morning skate (via the NHL):

Q. Coach, I know every time you’ve been asked about special teams. What else did you guys do as well?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I’d say a combination of the willingness to get in shooting lanes and having good sticks. Penalty killing is four guys on the ice working together with the goaltender, and our guys have done a good job there.

Q. What is your impression of Brassard these past few days and how he’s looked for this team?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, he’s still day-to-day, and he’s been a big part of our offensive success, so we’re a better team when he’s in our lineup.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

THE MODERATOR: Alain, how did that shape the rest of your coaching career?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, that could be a really long answer. I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version of it. Montreal is a great place to coach. It’s one of the one of the original six teams, as a coach you have to make sure your team is ready, you’re ready.
So I think it brings out the best in people. As we all know, a lot of the attention in Canadian markets on a 24/7 basis on your team, so it’s a good place to coach and a good place to play.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today before returning to New York

Alain VigneaultPrior to the Rangers returning to New York, Alain Vigneault met with the media (Via the NHL):

COACH VIGNEAULT:  In the playoffs it was a little bit of a challenging moment, but we kept working on finding a solution, and the solution is pretty simple.  Get the puck a little bit more, get a little more traffic, and we were able to do that.  Got us a big goal in the Pittsburgh series, and we were able to move on.

Q.  Question about top line scoring vs. playing four lines.
COACH VIGNEAULT:  I’m not sure we really have a top line like you said.  We’re all four lines, a lot like the Habs, our scoring is balanced similar on the three lines or top three lines.  Our fourth line brings us a lot of energy and a lot of physicality and can spend some quality time on the ice.  It has found ways to contribute offensively.
So that’s the only way I think you can move on with such a commanding lead.  That’s how you get into the playoffs and how you get through somewhere else.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media in Montreal following the Rangers 3-1 win over Montreal: (NHL)

  • On Hank at the start, “he is the only reason why we are still in the game. They had a tremendous push, total control and possession and they make it 1-0 and the turning point is us scoring to tie it off a lucky bounce. That changed the momentum and dynamics of the game and from there we clawed our way to the end and we were good in the second and third until we took that penalty that gave them a 6-4 where they got some looks.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (Update)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media in Montreal today (via the NHL):

Q. Coach, what was your reaction when you heard about Price being out?
COACH VIGNEAULT: It doesn’t really change anything for us. We’re trying to get ready for our game. Prior to the series, we had prepared for three possible goaltenders, obviously, spending more time on Price. It’s very unfortunate what happened to him. But for us, it’s business as usual.

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