Read: The character win that was last night

Rangers 2014Following the Rangers OT win/comeback over the Devils, Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG that the Rangers should be “really happy” with how they came back and that besides the points, this is the type of game that can build character in the room.

Lundqvist added that this is the type of game that shows you that when you are in a tough spot you just need to “look straight down and work really hard.”

He said that it means a lot to get a win like this.

Ryan McDonagh said on MSG that the Rangers are finding ways to get points and when they are behind they are now playing as a unit of five as opposed to trying to force things or go end to end. He said that the players knew that if they stuck with it they would get their chances.

Dan Girardi said that the Rangers had some tough losses earlier on but they have gotten their bearings and are now playing “Rangers hockey.”

Alain Vigneault said, on MSG, that the Rangers being able to come back against a team that has an identity of playing solid defense is “a good thing for us.”

Adam Rotter: The Rangers have come a long way in the last 10 days or so and look to be on track towards being the team we expected them to be. There are bound to be some hiccups along the way but the team seems equipped to handle those now. The defense has tightened up, the puck management is better and there is that belief that they aren’t out of games. It’s something to build on and bring the team together, especially when they get contributions from up and down the lineup like they did last night.



Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers OT win over the Devils:

  • On the comeback, “Until that point, it was a special teams battle and their PP got them three. We got another PP and scored to make it 3-2 and finally we scored 5 on 5. I liked a lot of our game 5 on 5 and the things we did. I wasn’t crazy about the number of offensive zone penalties we took. But, that is a real good team and we scrounged our way back and tie it up and win it in OT.”

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Picture: Kevin Klein with the Broadway Hat

10:35PM: Dan Girardi said on MSG, “Kleiner came in with a toe drag and low blocker, it was nice to see.

10:32PM: Ryan McDonagh said on MSG of Klein, “that is awesome. He is a workhorse for us back there he can really skate and it’s a big strength of him. 4 on 4 he knows he can jump and take advantage of the room and it’s great to see him get the winner.”


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Klein said on MSG:

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FINAL: Rangers 4 Devils 3 F/OT

10:43PM: Range game notes are below

9:41PM: First Period:

  • PPG – Chris Kreider (2) Snap shot – ASST: Ryan McDonagh (1), Martin St. Louis (5)
  • PPG – Jaromir Jagr (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Damien Brunner (1), Travis Zajac (2)

Second Period:

  • PPG – Adam Henrique (3) Snap shot – ASST: Jaromir Jagr (4), Damon Severson (2)

Third Period:

  • PPG – Jon Merrill (1) Snap shot – ASST: Damien Brunner (2), Adam Henrique (4)
  • PPG – Chris Mueller (1) Snap shot – ASST: Derick Brassard (1), Ryan McDonagh (2)
  • Rick Nash (8) Backhand shot – ASST: Lee Stempniak (3)


  • Kevin Klein (1) Snap shot – ASST: Chris Kreider (4), Chris Mueller (1)


Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Well that was an excellent comeback for the Rangers. I didn’t think they were bad in the first two periods, but the PK let them down. They built on Chris Mueller’s goal and then Rick Nash went up another level, starting creating chances and scored the tying goal.
  • It’s another step in the right direction for the Rangers who could have essentially closed up shop after giving up that early third goal to the Devils. They kept battling and chipped away against a Devils team that wasn’t giving them a lot early on. It’s a character win and another good thing for the team to build on as they have won three in a row.
  • It was one of those rare nights where the PP was good and the PK wasn’t. It’s usually the other way around for the Rangers and frankly, if given the choice of the two I would rather the PK be better.
  • Chris Mueller came through and seems like a nice player to have around. He’s a bottom six center that has some skills and can move up during a game, play on the PP and just add nice depth. I think ultimately he will be the 13th forward when Derek Stepan returns but he hasn’t looked out of place in the past two games.

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Recap: Sam Rosen with Ulf Samuelsson

Ulf SamuelssonSam Rosen met with Ulf Samuelsson on MSG before the Rangers/Devils game:

  • On the defense, “I think we are looking pretty good on the blue line. We will see with Girardi but it was looking pretty good this morning so we hope he will play.”
  • On the improvements, “as units of 5 we are working together hard to backcheck and making it easier for the defense to stand up with their gap control. We will be tested tonight against a good team who puts a lot of pressure on our breakouts. That will be a key tonight, to beat their pressure.”

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Read: Anthony Duclair is scratched again tonight

Anthony Duclair3:23PM: Duclair said today (NYR):

  • “I’m not the first guy to come into this league and sit out a few games. I am going through the process of learning everyday.”
  • “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I am 19 years old, still a kid and playing against men and now that I am out I can watch clips on things I can work on  and work hard in practice and get back as soon as possible.”

3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said of Duclair today:

  • “This is obviously, every player is different, each case is different and in Anthony’s case, if we send him back to junior we can’t bring him up. We don’t have that leeway of sending him to Hartford and then bringing him back up. In Anthony’s case, my experience, because I have coached in junior and the AHL and NHL, I have a pretty good grasp on our time frame with him and he isn’t playing tonight, but he will practice and we will see the next game.”
  • He is better here for the moment, “yes.”

12:20PM: Anthony Duclair will be scratched for the second straight game tonight when the Rangers play the Devils. (Kevin Dube)

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Alain Vigneault said, when Duclair was scratched for Sunday’s game, that he wanted him in a top-9 role.

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers optional morning skate in New Jersey (NYR):

  •  “It will take a lot to keep him out of the lineup.”
  • Does he still hold that MTL game against you, “he hasn’t talked to me about that one but he has said that he will try it this morning and see how it feels there. Game time and we will figure it out.”
  • No other lineup changes, “no.”

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