Read: Ryan Haggerty had a nice night

In his first pro game at MSG, Ryan Haggerty played 1235 and had two goals, an assist, 5 shots on goal and 4 hits.

Haggerty told Al Trautwig between periods, “It was good to get my feet with in Chicago and I am playing with two great players and it’s making it easier on myself. I’m just moving my feet and getting open.”

He added, “scoring goals helps but coming to the rink everyday to compete and get better and I want to prove that I can be there and keep playing.”

Alain Vigneault said last night that Haggery has been playing well and certainly has some upside and potential to his game. (LoHud via SoundCloud)

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Read: Anthony Duclair is surprising himself

Anthony DuclairAgainst the Flyers last night, Anthony Duclair had a goal, an assist, was a plus two, had two shots, 1 hit and played 15:27.

Joe Micheletti said last night, “If he continues to play at this level, the key is as the veterans get better closer to the regular season, will he keep this pace and then get better to stay at this level.”

Joe adds, “At this point the kid has been really impressive. He has been relentless on the puck, he has a nose for the net. He has the speed and how many players can score like that. He has size and speed.”

Alain Vigneault said last night that Duclair has definitely caught their attention.

For a lot more on Duclair, including his preseason, CLICK HERE.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Flyers last night (LoHud via SoundCloud)

  • On Anthony Duclair, “I think it’s real simple. He needs to focus on the next game. He is playing well and to his strengths. He is creating real good opps for him and his teammates on the ice and it’s a daily process and like some of the other younger guys, he has caught our attention. There are 3 games left and we will take the time that we need to make the right decisions.”

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FINAL: Rangers 6 Flyers 3

10:30PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

  • Alain Vigneault on the remainder of the preseason…“I think both teams right now are playing young players, and they’re trying to get a read on their young players. Everybody’s gonna try to make the best decisions that they can, but then the puck drops on October eighth, teams are going to have their veteran lineups on the ice. There’s still some time from now till then to decide what we’re gonna do. The other teams are gonna do what they feel is best for themselves.”
  • Ryan Haggerty on playing his first game at MSG…“It was an unbelievable experience. Obviously it’s something you’re never going to forget, even if it’s a preseason game. Growing up in Stamford, being so close and being a Ranger fan, being able to come out and play my first game in a blue sweater is unbelievable.”
  • Anthony Duclair on playing with the Rangers…“I’m just gaining confidence every day. The veteran guys here are really helping the young guys get comfortable; it makes a difference at the end of the day.”
  • Ryan McDonagh on the young players having good games tonight…“There’s some spots to be won here, and these guys know it, coach is saying it. Asking us everyday what they need to do to get better on the ice, and talking to us in practice about situations that happened in the game before. So that’s great, that’s what you want to see from a young player, you want them to try move and make a difference every time he’s out there.

9:28PM: First Period:

  • Anthony Duclair (2) Snap shot – ASST: Ryan Haggerty (1), Ryan McDonagh (1)
  • Ryan Haggerty (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Anthony Duclair (1), Ryan McDonagh (2)
  • Jesper Fast (2) Tip-in – ASST: Dan Boyle (1), Kevin Hayes (1)

Second Period:

  • Taylor Leier (1) Wrap-around – ASST: Shayne Gostisbehere (1)
  • Ryan Haggerty (2) Snap shot – ASST: Chris Mueller (1)
  • Jason Akeson (1) Snap shot – ASST: Zac Rinaldo (1)
  • PPG – Chris Mueller (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Derick Brassard (1), Dan Boyle (2)

Third Period:

  • Shayne Gostisbehere (1) Snap shot – ASST: Brayden Schenn (1)
  • Jesper Fast (3) Slapshot – ASST: Kevin Hayes (2), Tanner Glass (1)

Stats:

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3 Stars:

  • 3: Jesper Fast
  • 2: Anthony Duclair
  • 1: Ryan Haggerty

Adam’s Thoughts:

  •  You can see why the team wanted to sign Haggerty and are high on him. He goes to the net, has good speed, good skills and can handle the puck around the net. You can see that he has some nice offensive skill which is another asset for the organization.
  • Anthony Duclair was good again and really seems like he is above going back to the QMJHL. He needs to play though and that is where he is going to get the most playing time. The 9 game trial doesn’t really matter for Duclair since his contract burns a year off no matter what this season. That means that the Rangers can keep Duclair around for, lets say 2 months, and then send him back to junior since his contract will burn no matter where he plays.
  • I thought that each of the top two lines had some nice chemistry moments and I think that is how they will start the season.
  • We saw what some of the young guys did tonight, we will get to see what the others, as well as Lee Stempniak can do tomorrow.
  • Kevin Hayes had another strong game but I still think he is best suited to start in Hartford.

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Read/Picture: Tanner Glass sends Rinaldo into the bench/ Derick Brassard told one of the Flyers to enjoy the minors

On MSG, John Giannone said “pretty fun stuff, we showed Zac Rinaldo, he bumped into Anthony Duclair after his first shift and kind of greeted him to the NHL level. A few of the Rangers came to his defense and Rinaldo got absolutely snookered, laid out by Tanner Glass right in front of his own bench and Tanner Glass said welcome to the game buddy.”

Tanner Glass

“Then there is Zach Stortini, with 43 PIM in three games, Stortini, before the game even began, yelled to the Rangers bench and told them to prepare for a long night and then threw an expletive in there as well.”

Giannone added, “Derick Brassard looked at him and said “enjoy the minors, buddy.”

7:30PM: Joe Micheletti said that Stortini is a player trying to hurt somebody and won’t play two games in the NHL over the next 10 years.

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments from this afternoon

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following practice today (Rangers Report):

  • “Hank has the full game tonight, ready to go.”
  • On Girardi, “it’s precautionary, he will skate tomorrow. Just gave him an extra day, no issues there.”
  • On the top two lines, “we will look at those lines against an NHL opponent and see if there is anything there. We have four games remaining and I will try some experiments and see what happens.”

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Rangers Blue Line Podcast: Derek Stepan injured

NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Nick Licalzi of SNY discuss how the Rangers will adjust after news of Derek Stepan’s broken left fibula. Plus, Brian chats with ESPN’s Barry Melrose about how the Metropolitan division stacks up.

Rundown:

  • Derek Stepan out 4-6 weeks
  • Who will replace Stepan?
  • Barry Melrose interview (7:45)
  • Penguins not a sure bet in the Metropolitan
  • JT Miller playing well (21:00)