Dan Girardi on the ice at practice (Updates)

Girardi Stadium Series Yankees Rangers 4/17/15 | 3:26PM: Girardi said today (NYR):

  • “I am feeling good and ready to go. Everything is fine so you need to practice. Feeling good to skate you will go skate.”
  • On why he didn’t come back, “it took a while to check everything and make sure that it’s okay. Would rather be cautious right now and make sure everything is good.”
  • He says that he won’t wear any extra protection and will just see what happens.
  • There were no cuts, just a little swelling. “Everything is fine and I feel good.”

2:26PM: Ryan McDonagh said that “if all things continue we should see him tomorrow. (NYR)

12:55PM: He said that he took a puck to the cheek and isn’t planning to wear any extra protection. (Kerith Burke) To read more of this story, click here

How the Rangers defended Sidney Crosby last night

In game one last night, Sidney Crosby was a minus one, had one shot on goal and missed two shots.

He was 15 and 5 on faceoffs and played 19:11.

Crosby only played 3:42 in the first period but played 8:21 in the second and 7:08 in the third.

When Crosby was on the ice at 5 on 5, the shots for and against were 15. The shots on goal were 4 for Pittsburgh and 12 for the Rangers. (Natural Stat Trick)

Ryan McDonagh led the Rangers in time on ice against Crosby at 10:06, Marc Staal played 7:53 and Dan Girardi played 7:40 against Crosby. (Natural Stat Trick)

Carl Hagelin played 8:08 against Crosby with Kevin Hayes playing 6:23 and Marty St. Louis played 5:55. (Natural Stat Trick)

Pierre McGuire on game one between the Rangers and Penguins

RangersOn TSN 1050 this morning, Pierre McGuire spoke about the Rangers and Penguins.

Pierre said, “I give the Penguins credit, they battled pretty hard the last 40 minutes of that game. The first 20 minutes they were shell shocked and took terrible penalties and couldn’t contain the stretch pass of the Rangers and the coaching staff had to make some significant changes going into the second and third period and they did that by taking away the stretch pass and being more aggressive and not getting a third guy caught deep, trying to keep the game along the boards and take the speed element out of the Ranger game.”

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What Alain Vigneault said after the game

Alain Vigneault1Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over Pittsburgh:

  • “For us, when you talk about trying to play against elite players like Crosby and Malkin and their linemates you want to outnumber them. There wasn’t a specific matchup that I was looking for besides numbers and pace. I think that is the best way to counter that.”

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