Read: James Dolan was in Philly last night

DolanBrett Cyrgalis writes that in the post game locker room last night a voice, from a side room, was calling out “Henrik….Henrik.” and when the Rangers goalie looked up he saw Rangers owner James Dolan. (NY Post)

Cyrgalis says that Dolan was calling out Lundqvist’s name for a post game win “fist-pound.” (NY Post)

When Lundqvist signed his extension in December, Dolan said “I just want to say how proud and pleased I am that Henrik is going to finish his career here with the New York Rangers and how appropriate that is because of the history.”

He added, “He is everything that you want on and off the ice. He is a leader a tireless worker, his focus on his game is basically unparalleled as a team owner he is the model for what you want in a player and in a leader for the team. In addition he does wonderful work with the Garden of Dreams foundation that we very much appreciate and again, I am pleased that he will be in the blue for the rest of your career.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultOn MSG, Alain Vigneault met with the media:

  • “There were two important penalty killings and what we got there was our goalie was the better of the two goalies and we got some big blocked shots at the right time from our PK units and that is what you need to be successful. They came at us and had a good push but we were able to respond the right way.”

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FINAL: Rangers 4 Flyers 1

First Period:

  • Derek Stepan (2) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (3), Martin St. Louis (3)
  • Martin St. Louis (2) Tip-in – ASST: Dan Girardi (1), Rick Nash (4)
  • Mark Streit (1) Snap shot – ASST: Jakub Voracek (1), Claude Giroux (2)

Second Period:

  • Dan Girardi (1) Slapshot – ASST: Brad Richards (3), Carl Hagelin (1)

Third Period:

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • The Rangers walked a tight rope in this game and seemed fortunate to come out on top with some of their undisciplined play, lack of building on an early first period lead and lack of offense in the last 40 minutes. That said, the Rangers were very strong defensively, played with an edge and defended their lead very well. It was a good response, in terms of battle level and work, to game two.
  • You have to love how Marty St. Louis has played in the playoffs. That line was really good in the first period and St. Louis certainly looks like he is finally comfortable being a Ranger and has found some linemates to work with.
  • You know what you get when Dan Carcillo is in the lineup. He brings an edge, draws attention and will get called for a penalty on anything borderline.
  • All the blocked shots in the second and third, along with not many shots for, felt a bit like a flashback to the previous regime. That sort of muscle memory and willingness from the past surely paid off for certain players.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was really good tonight and made the tough saves that he needed to make when the game was still close.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault7:50PM: Alain Vigneault joined Sam Rosen on MSG:

  • On the approach, “you turn the page and get ready for the next game. It’s a best of seven series and it’s tied, our total focus is on tonight’s game.”
  • What did you guys work on, “they are a good team and a team that has a lot of speed and skill, we need to execute better, compete a little harder and I am sure we will be all right.”
  • Did special teams let you down in game two, “we had some good looks but you need to give credit where credit is due and Emery made some big saves and was able to be the difference in the second period.”
  • On being in Philly, “it’s gonna be a lot of fun. Hockey is real competitive and both teams want to win. It should be fun from start to finish.”
  • On blowing two goal leads all around the league, “I’m not concerned what is happening across the league, I am concerned with how we play and we respect Philly, they are a strong team and we will put our best game on the ice.”
  • On shortening the bench, “it will depend on the game. The last game we were behind and you need play your offensive players and that is what we did.”
  • Any personnel changes, (smiling) “we will find out at seven…”

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