Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultOn MSG, Alain Vigneault met with the media:

  • “There were two important penalty killings and what we got there was our goalie was the better of the two goalies and we got some big blocked shots at the right time from our PK units and that is what you need to be successful. They came at us and had a good push but we were able to respond the right way.”

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FINAL: Rangers 4 Flyers 1

First Period:

  • Derek Stepan (2) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (3), Martin St. Louis (3)
  • Martin St. Louis (2) Tip-in – ASST: Dan Girardi (1), Rick Nash (4)
  • Mark Streit (1) Snap shot – ASST: Jakub Voracek (1), Claude Giroux (2)

Second Period:

  • Dan Girardi (1) Slapshot – ASST: Brad Richards (3), Carl Hagelin (1)

Third Period:



Adam’s Thoughts:

  • The Rangers walked a tight rope in this game and seemed fortunate to come out on top with some of their undisciplined play, lack of building on an early first period lead and lack of offense in the last 40 minutes. That said, the Rangers were very strong defensively, played with an edge and defended their lead very well. It was a good response, in terms of battle level and work, to game two.
  • You have to love how Marty St. Louis has played in the playoffs. That line was really good in the first period and St. Louis certainly looks like he is finally comfortable being a Ranger and has found some linemates to work with.
  • You know what you get when Dan Carcillo is in the lineup. He brings an edge, draws attention and will get called for a penalty on anything borderline.
  • All the blocked shots in the second and third, along with not many shots for, felt a bit like a flashback to the previous regime. That sort of muscle memory and willingness from the past surely paid off for certain players.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was really good tonight and made the tough saves that he needed to make when the game was still close.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault7:50PM: Alain Vigneault joined Sam Rosen on MSG:

  • On the approach, “you turn the page and get ready for the next game. It’s a best of seven series and it’s tied, our total focus is on tonight’s game.”
  • What did you guys work on, “they are a good team and a team that has a lot of speed and skill, we need to execute better, compete a little harder and I am sure we will be all right.”
  • Did special teams let you down in game two, “we had some good looks but you need to give credit where credit is due and Emery made some big saves and was able to be the difference in the second period.”
  • On being in Philly, “it’s gonna be a lot of fun. Hockey is real competitive and both teams want to win. It should be fun from start to finish.”
  • On blowing two goal leads all around the league, “I’m not concerned what is happening across the league, I am concerned with how we play and we respect Philly, they are a strong team and we will put our best game on the ice.”
  • On shortening the bench, “it will depend on the game. The last game we were behind and you need play your offensive players and that is what we did.”
  • Any personnel changes, (smiling) “we will find out at seven…”

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Read: ‘Okay’ isn’t good enough in the playoffs

RANGERSAlain Vigneault said yesterday that the Rangers played an “okay” game on Sunday against the Flyers but at this time of the year ‘okay” isn’t good enough and that the Rangers will need to be better.”

Brad Richards said that the Rangers may have let up a bit in game two and Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers need to move their feet more.

Mats Zuccarello said that the Rangers mindset has to be going into Philly and going for a split. (NY Post)

Richards said today that the Rangers have to expect a “storm” from the Flyers when the game starts and the Rangers will need to weather it. (Mike Morreale)

McDonagh said that the Rangers need to focus on their game and playing how they are capable and “we didn’t feel like we were ourselves in game two. We need to get back to playing with pace and getting it behind them and that is on us.” (Rangers)

McDonagh added that the only matchup tonight that matters is the Rangers “will” against the Flyers “will.” (NY Times)

Henrik Lundqvist said that the key for the Rangers is to play their game and play it as well as they can and that will give us a good chance to beat this team.” (Rangers)

Adam Rotter: I think that “okay” perfectly describes the Rangers performance on Sunday. “Okay” can win games for you and had the Rangers scored on the PP to tie the game “okay” might have been good enough to go up 2-0 in the series. They need to be better than “okay” though tonight and as the series goes on. The Rangers know what they need to do and have beaten good teams on the road all season so they should be prepared to handle what the Flyers bring tonight.