Read: The Rangers on last night’s loss to Tampa Bay

RangersAlain Vigneault repeatedly said last night that Tampa is one of the best teams in the league and the difference was that they made a few more plays offensively and defensively.

Vigneault said that he couldn’t call last night a “bad game” and that the Rangers were in it from start to finish.

Anson Carter said that the Rangers were in over their heads last night while Ron Duguay said that the Rangers were “okay” in the first two periods and better in the third. (MSG)

Marty St. Louis said that Tampa had the Rangers running around a bit and they struggled to leave the defensive zone together and then sustain offensive pressure. (MSG)

He said that the Rangers battled but didn’t have enough offensive zone time. (MSG)

Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers were more “in control” than the last time they played, worked hard and came close but “it wasn’t enough.” (MSG)

John Giannone said last night that at times the Rangers were “futile” in their attempts to get the puck out of the zone. (MSG)

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media last night following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay (MSG):

  • On offensive zone pressure from TB, “They are a good team. In my estimation they are one of the best teams in the NHL. We were ready, our guys knew what to expect. They made some more plays offensively and defensively than we did and at the end of the night that was the difference. It was a one-goal game, we had a few looks but they made a couple of more plays than we did.”

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Read: Marty St. Louis’ comments after the game

Marty St. LouisMarty St. Louis met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay:

  • “it’s a puck possession team. They play on the move and got us running around a bit and tired bodies….couldn’t come out together….especially in the second, guys were stuck out there too long and couldn’t put the puck where we needed to to get some sustained offensive zone pressure. Couldn’t come out clean, it’s a good team.”

St. Louis played 19:36, was a minus one, had one shot attempt blocked, two that missed the net and one giveaway.

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FINAL: Tampa Bay 4 Rangers 3

First Period:

  • PPG – Steven Stamkos (15) Slapshot – ASST: Valtteri Filppula (15), Ryan Callahan (9)
  • Mats Zuccarello (4) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (8)
  • PPG – Dan Boyle (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Derek Stepan (6), Derick Brassard (11)
  • PPG – Ryan Callahan (9) Tip-in – ASST: Jason Garrison (11), Steven Stamkos (11)

Second Period:

  • Ryan Callahan (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Steven Stamkos (12), Alex Killorn (4)

Third Period:

  • Nikita Kucherov (8) Tip-in – ASST: Tyler Johnson (16), Matthew Carle (3)
  • Rick Nash (15) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE



Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Until a stretch in the third period when they started to press, the Rangers didn’t have the puck enough tonight. This wasn’t as bad as the normal trips to Tampa around Thanksgiving and wasn’t as bad as last Monday, but it wasn’t good enough.
  • Dan Boyle looked the most comfortable he has with the puck since returning from his injury. He scored, had some good chances, hit the cross bar and Joe Micheletti said he was the most dangerous Ranger on the ice. Hopefully this is the start of things to come because it was an encouraging game.
  • You would probably expect Lee Stempniak to return on Friday against the Flyers and Jesper Fast to sit.
  • We are in the home stretch of the Rangers not having Ryan McDonagh in the lineup. Sam Rosen said on the air tonight that he was treating Stempniak like a “tackling dummy” this morning during their skate.
  • They get right back at it on Friday and then Saturday against the Flyers. If they play those two games like they did last week against the Flyers they shouldn’t have a problem.

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Recap: Marty St. Louis with Sam Rosen (Updates)

Marty St. Louis8:16PM: St. Louis joined John Giannone during the first intermission and said:

  • On the first period, “it was a high pace game. Their PP is really good but for the most part we answered, physical period, up and down and we will just try to stick with it.”
  • On the tribute, “Today is a day of closure for me. I was touched by the standing ovation and I want to give them the proper thank you, they deserve it.”
  • On Dan Boyle, “it’s a big thing that he gets going and a big addition to our team. For him to get going, he brings a lot of offense to our team whether he puts up points or not. He is big in transition, a playmaking player and we are glad to have him.”

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Read: Wanting to play well for Marty St. Louis tonight and needing the two points

Marty St. Louis7:05PM: Dan Boyle said on MSG “We want to play hard for him….there may be some boos but everyone here loves Marty”

1:14PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers want to do whatever they can to make tonight a memorable nigh for Marty St. Louis in his return to Tampa Bay. (Daily News)

He said that more importantly the Rangers need the points and they want to come in and bounce back after Tampa “ran us over” at MSG last week. (Daily News)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are going to want play a strong game for Marty but picking up the two points is the most important thing. (NYR)

Vigneault said that everyone knows that Marty will be emotional tonight and will want to do well for him but “at the end of the day” the goal for the Rangers is to find a way to win and gain two points. (NYR)