Alain Vigneault

Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Flyers (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

Was it a complete team effort, “it was a hard game. We knew coming in what to expect and for the most part we executed fairly well. We got out of our end pretty quickly and got to spend quite a bit of time in their end. They did a good job and the game is tied after two going to the third and we kill off a big penalty and then they take a 4 min high sticking and the PP did what it has to do and produced.

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FINAL: Rangers 4 Philadelphia 1

10:50PM: From the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on the team’s play… “When we play fast, like when we go north, south quick, we are tough to handle. We have a few guys that have good speed and they don’t mind going on the outside. That’s what we did tonight and that’s why we were able to have a pretty good game.”

Brad Richards on tonight’s game…“I think we controlled play, didn’t give them much but probably played a little too much on the outside at times, but that happens. There was no other thought than to keep controlling the puck and keep trying to get it behind them. In a series sometimes having the puck and wearing them out can benefit you later in the game. That was our main goal. We would like to get more pucks to the net and we’ll try to do that.”

Martin St. Louis on the double minor power play in the third period…“I think we understand once we get the power play that it’s a big part of the game. You have to make a difference there. You have to make it count.”

9:28PM: First Period:

  • Andrew MacDonald (1) Slapshot – ASST: Scott Hartnell (1)
  • Mats Zuccarello (1) Backhand – ASST: Benoit Pouliot (1), Marc Staal (1)

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Brad Richards (1) Snap shot – ASST: Martin St. Louis (1), Rick Nash (1)
  • Derek Stepan (1) Snap shot – ASST: Brad Richards (1), Martin St. Louis (2)
  • Carl Hagelin (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Brad Richards (2), Jesper Fast (1)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Zuccarello
    2: St. Louis
    1: Richards


Event_SummaryAdam Rotter:

  • That was a pretty convincing win for the Rangers in terms of puck possession and controlling the play. It rarely seemed like the puck was in the Rangers zone for long stretches and for the most part the Rangers were winning battles and going up the ice.
  • You knew that the 4 minute PP was going to be the deciding point in the game, one way or another. Luckily for the Rangers they were able to convert on both ends and put the game away. The PP early in the game didn’t look good but that PP, in a key moment stepped up.
  • In terms of stepping up, all the Rangers you would want to see play well and make an impact, did. Rick Nash was really good, Marty St. Louis was good, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello and then Brad Richards had a huge night.
  • It’s one game but one that was pretty one sided for the Rangers. You have to imagine Philly will push more in game two and certainly when things go back to Philly but it’s a good win and and one the Rangers can feel good about moving forward.

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Read: The need for Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis in the playoffs

Brad RichardsLarry Brooks writes that that making the playoffs 8 out of 9 years isn’t enough and that the Rangers need to “win something sometime.” (NY Post)

He says that the time has come for Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and especially for Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis, who the Rangers will need significant contributions from or they won’t go anywhere. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Rangers will go as St. Louis and Richards go. (NY Post)

Vinny Lecavalier says that Philly will need to watch those two closely because of what they have done in the past. (Ranger Rants)

Alain Vigneault said today, “those two players have been sharing their experience with the rest of the group. They both know the momentum you can get during a game, during a series and without a doubt they will be big contributors.”

In 19 games with the Rangers, St. Louis has 1 goals and 7assists. He has an average of 18:29 of ice time per game.

Richards, since the Olympic Break ended, played 22 games had 5 goals and 4 assists with an average of 17:51 per game and an average 45.3 of faceoff wins.



Read: The Flyers are changing their game plan because of Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh3:29PM: Scott Hartnell says that the Flyers plan to make McDonagh go 200 ft and pound him into the boards with the intent of wearing him down. He adds that in the last game at MSG McDonagh was the “definite” difference. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that the Flyers are trying to what to McDonagh what the Flyers did to Bobby Orr in 1974 and the Rangers did to Denis Potvin in 1979. Both of those cases though didn’t see the the team change their style as much as the Flyers are now. (NY Post)

Wayne Simmonds, who battled with McDonagh in the last game at MSG, called him a great defenseman and added that with him, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal you need to get the puck behind them and “punish them.” (NY Times)

12:55PM: Flyers coach Craig Berube is instructing his top line of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek to dump the puck into the Rangers end, specifically Ryan McDonagh’s, to see if they can keep McDonagh behind the net and free up some space to create scoring chances. (Philly Daily News)

Berube said that he has talked with his team about playing more of a grinding game and that trying to beat Ryan McDonagh off a rush usually doesn’t yield positive results. He adds that part of this strategy is to make McDonagh turn around and make his minutes harder to wear him down. (Philly Daily News)

Frank Seravalli says that Berube has no choice but to change his strategy after how McDonagh has defended Giroux this season, saying that Giroux is “constantly hounded” by McDonagh. (Philly Daily News)

Giroux said that he has a lot of respect for McDonagh and Berube praised McDonagh’s ability to defend and catch up if a player beats him. (Philly Daily News)

McDonagh is going to have a a target on his shoulder from the Flyers.

Ray Ferraro said that the Rangers have an easy game plan for dealing with Claude Giroux, “you feed him a steady diet of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh. Every time Giroux goes on the ice he will have to deal with Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi. McDonagh is one of the underrated stars in this league, a young man who is raising in prominence from a good defenseman to a great defenseman. Every time Giroux has the puck you can bet that Girardi and McDonagh will be close and finishing their checks to make it tough for him to go through offensive zone.” (TSN)

Ray picked the Rangers to win and added, “If the Rangers are going to win I think McDonagh will be the breakout star of the playoffs. McDonagh is a fantastic player who touches every aspect of his game. His offense is just starting to catch up to where his defensive game is.” (TSN)

Read: The discipline and special teams battle

RANGERS11Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers will take down the Flyers in five games and gives them the edge in goaltending and defense. (NY Post)

He says that as long as the Rangers are able to maintain discipline and maintain their cool, the Rangers should be able to use their advantages on defense and in goal to beat the Flyers. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Flyers have always been a team looking to provoke and “create nonsense” after the whistle while the Rangers have always liked playing “whistle to whistle.” (NY Post)

Derek Dorsett says that the Rangers have some grit to their game and that it’s up to him to find the “line” and go to it but not go over it. (NY Post)

In the regular season the Flyers were the most penalized team on average with over 14 PIMS per game. The Rangers averaged 10 PIMs per game.

Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell are second and third on the Flyers with 106 and 103 PIMs respectively.

The Flyers PK ranked 7th in the league and their PP ranked 8th during the regular season. The Rangers PK ranked 3rd in the NHL and 15th on the PP.

Alain Vigneault said earlier this week “I would say that discipline is a big thing and in every series physical play gets put up a notch. The commitment gets put up a notch and that is why it’s playoff hockey.

Ryan McDonagh said that discipline will be huge, especially with the Flyers having a “lethal” PP.

Dave Maloney said that ultimately discipline will be a key factor in this series. 

Adam Rotter: One thing that the Rangers need to establish tonight is a strong PP because if they can get that going, score and create momentum, it may cause the Flyers to alter their plans a bit. The PP, as has been noted recently, has not been very good but if the Rangers can get that going tonight and carry over their strong PK, it will add another plus to areas like defense and goaltending where they have an advantage.

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media this morning after the Rangers morning skate (Rangers) :

  • Did you feel any sort of let down after getting in and getting home ice, “If there was a sense of relief it was for one game. It’s not like we clinched early or got home ice early. We went into Montreal and played a pretty good game that at the end of the day didn’t change anything for us. We have been in playoff hockey mode for some time and are ready for the series.”
  • On McDonagh and Girardi against their top line, “they have played throughout the year against all teams top lines but if they aren’t out there, Marc Staal is a great defender who has played against top players with Anton Stralman and we are strong on D and feel comfortable that we have two pairs that can pretty much play against anybody.”

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