Derick Brassard

Derick Brassard was challenged by Alain Vigneault this morning

5/27/15 | 11:42AM: Derek Stepan said today (via ASAP Sports) “So he wanted that extra push from me and Brass, and Brass responded in a way that I think A.V. really wanted him to and our group really needed him to. I think it was a good coaching move by A.V. to kind of come in and at least have a conversation with us and kind of push us to get to that next level.”

11:39AM: Vigneault said today “But what started as a challenge, it was more like this is the reality, and this is what we need you guys to do. And they’re both very professional. They both understood what I was talking about, and it wasn’t that big of a deal.” (via ASAP Sports)

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What Pierre McGuire said about the Rangers Game 6 win

PierrePierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers Game 6 win in Tampa Bay:

  • On the Rangers as a team, “They definitely have some form of intensity and being able to rise to the moment that is unique. That said they are playing with fire and it’s not an easy way to go about your business. They found a way so far but I am not sure they want to continue to do things this way. They are lucky they have a goalie in Henrik Lundqvist and they are fortunate that Stepan and Brassard responded from a challenge Alain Vigneault presented. Those guys were tremendous and if not they probably are eliminated. It’s a hard team with a lot of experience and guys who have been around but with Game 7 and the extra day that is positive for the Rangers.”

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Tampa writer suggests that Steven Stamkos try and take Derick Brassard’s stick

In Game Two of the Rangers and Tampa series, Derick Brassard tried to leave the ice with Steven Stamkos’ stick before Stamkos came over and got it back.

Martin Fennelly writes in the Tampa Tribune that after last night Stamkos should “think about stealing” one of Brassard’s sticks. (Tampa Tribune)

Brassard had three goals and two assists last night for the Rangers and Fennelly writes that he was “all kinds of spectacular.” (Tampa Tribune)

Stamkos was a minus two last night with two shots on goal, 4 shot attempts that were blocked and 6 hits. Heading into last night Stamkos had four goals and 7 points in his last 4 games.


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What Alain Vigneault said after the game

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media last night following the Rangers Win in Game 6 (ASAP Sports):

Q. I know you’ve been through this now a lot, two years with this team. Does whatever this team does in elimination games, does it ever take you by surprise or is this just what you expect to get from your group?

COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, I expected our group to get ready, prepare themselves and give ourselves a chance to win this game, and I think that’s what our group did.
We came out, we capitalized early on our chances. And after that, our goaltender was asked to make some big saves, which he did.

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What Rick Nash said when he gave Henrik Lundqvist the Broadway Hat

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 6.23.19 AMRick Nash presented Henrik Lundqvist with the Broadway Hat last night and said:

“Boys, Millsy-awesome job, Brass-hell of a night but we gotta keep it with our trend and go with our leader for Game 7….Hanky”

(Chats of “REAL NICE” from their teammates start and someone seemed to say “all about the oceans.”

After Lundqvist placed the latest piece on the Stanley Cup Picture Puzzle, he said “here we go boys, here we go” while clapping.”

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers force Game 7

Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist discuss the Rangers’ 7-3 victory in Game 6 and building off the momentum for Game 7.


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