Dan Boyle on the chance he missed in the third period

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 9.47.59 PMIn the third period Dan Boyle had two chances to put the Rangers ahead by a score of 2-1.

The first attempt was a backhand that Marc-Andre Fleury stopped.

The second was a “hard pass” from JT Miller that Boyle missed with half the net open.

On MSG, Boyle spoke with John Giannone and said “It’s a little bit in front but I gotta find a way… Hard pass but I gotta find a way to get some wood on it. Yuck…God, I will have nightmares about that but hopefully the guys will bail me out.”

Mats Zuccarello will not return tonight

Zuccarello 14/24/15 | 10:44PM: Alain Vigneault said that he heard Zuccarello was alright but still being evaluated. (Cyrgalis

8:10PM: Mats Zuccarello will not return tonight for the Rangers after being hit in the side of the helmet with the puck in the first period. (MSG)

Zuccarello skated to the Rangers bench, chatted with Jim Ramsay and then went to the Rangers locker room.

Zuccarello was hit by the puck with 4:30 remaining in the first period.

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What Pierre McGuire said about his expectations for the Rangers tonight

PierrePierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and said that he expects tonight to be the Rangers best game of their first round series against the Penguins. (TSN 1050)

Pierre said that based upon what he heard players talking about after game four he expects the Rangers to be “pushing really hard.”  (TSN 1050)

Asked how the Penguins can win tonight, Pierre said that Marc-Andre Fleury will need to be “stellar,” Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin need to get going and the Pens and they can’t take a lot of penalties because at some point the Rangers PP is going to click. (TSN 1050)

Henrik Lundqvist on what to expect tonight in game five

Henrik4/24/15 | 4:44PM: Carl Hagelin said that the Rangers need to be desperate and win battles to beat the Penguins tonight. Hagelin said that the Rangers need to match the Penguins intensity and “it comes down to who wants it more and that should be us.” (NYR)

1:39PM: Asked about tonight’s game five, Henrik Lundqvist said on Thursday, “when you play in the playoffs it comes down to will and desperation and if you don’t match that you are in trouble.” (NYR)

He added, “we know they will throw everything at us, it’s their last chance. For us it’s an opportunity to end the series but it will be a challenge and you have toe ready for a great test.” (NYR)

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What Alain Vigneault said today

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

  • Update on Klein, “not available.”
  • Yandle and Zucc are in, “yes.”
  • “I don’t think it’s Malkin, our whole group is focusing on their whole team. They have some great offensive players, we have tried to apply what we have applied all year. We finished third in the league in goals against, we back check hard, get to positions quickly and when our goalie is in trouble we try and block shots.”

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Klein is out on Friday night

Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will not play on Friday night in Game 5 against the Penguins, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed (Gulitti, April 24).

Vigneault said that Klein has not had a setback. Rather, the bone is taking longer to heal than expected, he said.

According to Vigneault, there will be no lineup changes.

Klein, who has been out since March 11 due to a broken left arm, was said before Friday to have a 50-50 chance of playing.

Klein skated on Friday morning along with Cam Talbot, James Sheppard, and Chris Summers.