Recap: Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media in LA before game two (via the NHL):

Q. No Cam Talbot?

COACH VIGNEAULT: No.

Q. You have a lot of experience with this West Coast, East Coast, the travel. What are the benefits of having the team stay overnight and traveling tomorrow instead of going right after the game?

COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, it’s just common sense. I mean, if we were to fly home after the game, we’d be leaving here, let’s say, 9:00 western time, which is 12:00 our time, we’d be getting home at 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning. You lose a full night’s sleep. Obviously you don’t sleep the same way on a plane than you do in your own bed, so we’re going to stay over and fly tomorrow. To read more of this story, click here

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

Q. After the way Game1 went down, advantage for you to have the two days in between as opposed to one day off?
COACH VIGNEAULT: It’s the same for both teams. I don’t see an advantage in it.
I mean, the schedule is what it is. At this time they said two days in between games. So took yesterday off. Guys got away from the game a little bit. Today we had a good practice. We had a good meeting before. We’re going to be ready tomorrow.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneualt met with the media in LA on Thursday (via the NHL):

Q. Obviously Dan’s pass did not lose the game last night. When a guy makes a play like that that’s so out there at the end, what is the dynamic of how difficult it is when you have two days till you play another game?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I haven’t talked to him yet personally. I do know a couple of my assistants have. I do know that Dan’s got great teammates. I’m sure that they’ve all talked to him.
It was a bounce. It was a bounce that unfortunately didn’t work out. He couldn’t put the handle on it. Stuff like that happens. You got to turn the page and move on.
Q. Do you feel you let one get away as a team on this one? And what sort of adjustments do you have to make to get a win?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, I’m in the process at this time of watching the game. I haven’t watched the whole game yet. I’ve watched parts of it.
One thing that’s real evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do not all bring our A game. It is that strong of an opponent that we’re playing against.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers game one loss (via the NHL):

Q. Did you feel early on you were able to set the pace? Where do you feel it got away from you?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I don’t think we set the pace. I liked the way we played in the first two periods. I thought it was a hard?fought, you know, first 40 minutes by both teams.
Not quite sure what happened there in the third. Not sure if it was them being that good or us stopping moving the puck and skating and going north/south.
They definitely took it to us in the third and they were able to get a bounce on the winning goal and put it in the back of the net.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments

Alain Vigneault

8:15PM: Vigneault was shown on NBC in the locker room and said, “Manage the puck well. When they get the puck I want numbers and help coming, lets go ourselves back there and a shift at  a time and you have played a long time for this”

6:34PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media in LA before game one of the Stanley Cup Final (via the NHL):

Q. Is Talbot available to backup tonight?
COACH VIGNEAULT: No. Day?to?day.

Q. Is there anything more you can tell us about how he sustained the injury or what it is?
COACH VIGNEAULT: No.

Q. Why did you feel the need to bring up Missiaen?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Because Talbot is day?to?day.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media earlier today as part of NHL Media Day (via the NHL):

  • Q. Alain, do you think your time in Vancouver helps you in terms of familiarity with this team?
    COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, it’s definitely a team that I know real well. Played against them for seven years. Had a couple of playoff rounds against them. It’s a team that obviously has grown through the years. It has a real good balance. That’s why they’re getting another chance to compete for the Cup.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today on being the underdog and what needs to happen to win

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today prior to the Rangers flight to LA (Rangers):

  • “right now for us…to put it quite simply, we are up against the team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago and just beat the defending Stanley Cup champions and they are without a doubt battle tested and we know what we need to do and if we want a chance we will have to bring our best hockey of the year, it’s as simple as that. For us it starts on Wednesday. We have had good practices and will have another one tomorrow and be ready on Wednesday.”

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