The Lightning don’t want to get back on a plane to New York

Jon Cooper said that his team isn’t afraid of a potential Game 7 but that “everybody in our locker room would love to not have to get on a plane again.” (ASAP Sports)

Cooper said that this has been a back and forth series but that right now his time is a “fine-oiled machine right now” (ASAP Sports)

Brian Boyle said “We also need to understand when you’re a desperate team, they’re a dangerous team. So we need to match the desperation.(ASAP Sports)

Brenden Moorow said that New York is a great city to visit but his team has to take advantage of the chance that they have to close out the series. (ASAP Sports)


Updates on Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello5/25/15 |5:33PM: Zuccarello is with the team down in Tampa. (Zipay)

7:05AM: Derek Stepan said that the Rangers are missing Zuccarello but it’s a team game and they need to try to win without him. (VG)

5/24/15 | 12:08PM: Alain Vigneault said today (via ASAP Sports):

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The Rangers power play was broken again last night

RANGERS121After going 6 for 13 in the past three games against Tampa on the PP, the Rangers were 0-4 on Sunday.

On their PP attempts, the Rangers had 4 shots on goal, 2 shots that missed the net and 2 shots that were blocked.

Derek Stepan said that his only issue with the PP was that they didn’t manage the puck well. He said that they worked “extremely hard” to get the puck back but then they made poor decisions with it. (Rangers Game Notes)

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What Pierre McGuire said about Game 5, the Rangers and Keith Yandle

AlainPierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about Game 5 between the Rangers and Lightning.

Pierre said:

  • Keith Yandle is in the 5/6 hole and that he was brought in to “stimulate” the PP and provide supplemental offense from the blue line. “He had a real good game number four, probably his best as a Ranger but he sometimes looks like a deer in the headlights and that the moment has overwhelmed him at times and playing for the Rangers and being on the big stage. He had a great junior career for one year but outside of that he has rung up big numbers in PHX on a team that hasn’t been great and he has come to a situation where it’s a pressurized moment and it’s like he doesn’t have enough experience to handle that.”

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Poll: Will the Rangers still win this series?

About 55% of readers still thought the Rangers would win the series after being down 2-1.


What Alain Vigneault after the Rangers loss in Game 5

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay (ASAP Sports):

Q. Coach, did Tampa Bay do anything differently tonight that made it difficult to get shots on goal and find shooting lanes?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, they did find, obviously, those shooting lanes, and I really like the way we came out, the energy, and the time we spent in their end. But for all that time, we didn’t get much out of it.
They did a great job of defending, blocking lanes and blocking shots, and it made it really challenging for us.

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