Read: The Rangers PP and the difference between game one and two

Rangers-Chrome-Stadium-Series-1:41PM: | Rick Nash said today, “you need to give them credit. They adjusted and had a good showing the last game. We watched some video and we have to make our plays. We weren’t very crisp, we were missing passes, missing shots, not hitting the net and it’s the difference in the game.” (Rangers)

9:34AM: |In game one of the Rangers series against the Flyers, the Rangers were 2 for 6 with 14 shot attempts, 7 that went to the net and 7 on goal. (ES)

In game two, the Rangers went 1 for 6 on the PP with 19 shot attempts, 13 that went towards the net and 9 on goal. (ES)

On the PP in game one, Ryan McDonagh said on MSG, “we took what was given, we didn’t try to force it too much. When there was a shot we put it on net and kind of kept them on the run, we moved the puck pretty quick. They are very aggressive and if you hold onto it for too long you will get yourself in trouble, even if it’s a simple three foot pass, it makes a huge difference and our guys did a good job making reads and it has to continue.”

On the PP in game two, McDonagh said, “just not very good execution. Just not very crisp, not as patient either…..definitely not as crisp is the biggest thing.” (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers PP on Sunday had some “Grade A” opportunities but need to put them in.

Mats Zuccarello said that the PP didn’t execute well enough and that the Rangers need to bring their A game in all areas. (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

Brad Richards said “we got 3 PP goals in two games. I know that it could have won us the game last night but when you put it into perspective, you say that you have 3 PP goals in two games, you will take it. The difference is that last night we could have done something good if we get a PPG in the second, maybe that changes the game. We will keep working on it, I though that the one in the third was the worst one in the series, we didn’t get any shots, the second period, besides maybe a little traffic where he didn’t see it, we had some good scoring chances and we were getting set up and we had so many last night and the ones we didn’t score on become more prevalent but we still scored two big goals on it and we are confident that it will have to be a big part of the series and we will be able to do it.” (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

 

Note: Alain Vigneault won’t reveal tonight’s lineup

CarcilloAlain Vigneault did not reveal the Rangers lineup for game three tonight when he met with the media in Philadelphia. (Katie Strang)

It’s expected that based upon a conversation that Vigneault had with Dan Carcillo at practice, that Carcillo will return. (Pat Leonard)

Carcillo said that he would like to play but he doesn’t know if he will. (Strang)

Vigneault did say that the Rangers have a good record when Carcillo is in the lineup. (Steve Zipay)

Read: The Rangers and dealing with physical play

RANGERS114/22/14 | 12:17PM: Wayne Simmonds thinks that things are just getting started between the Rangers and Flyers in terms of chippiness. (Katie Strang)

4/21/14  | 6:38PM: Following the Rangers loss to the Flyers on Sunday, Ron Duguay said on MSG that the Rangers were “a little passive in wanting to stay away from the scrums and getting involved, they got too soft. With the Flyers, you have to hit them, you need to retaliate on them. The Rangers need to get back to finishing their checks.”

He added, “The Rangers are trying to stay away from all the pushing and shoving and taking bad penalties, I think they got too soft with the Flyers. To bring the worst out against the Flyers you need to go after them physically. They felt that they would go hard and play fast without getting too physical. Zuccarello will hit guys, Dorsett but you can’t back off on the Flyers because that is how you will get them to retaliate.”

Ray Emery said that the Flyers “took it” to the Rangers a bit. (Daily News)

Dave Maloney then said, “the whistle to whistle takes on a different dimension when you are trailing by a goal because you are that much actively involved. There were 63 hits in total and a lot of stuff going on. I think there was 68 in game one, I think it will be a physical series. I think the key is that there will be moments in the game where you will need to decide if if you want to take a hit to make a play or initiate the hit to make a play. I am not 100% sure that was the case today.”

Brian Boyle told SNY’s Nick Licalzi, “it’s whistle to whistle. If you get whacked after a whistle, take a number, it’s not worth pushing and shoving, it’s not doing any damage. We stand up for another and play a hard game. We need to play hard. They are playing hard. I don’t think it’s a great deal more of chippiness, it’s part of the playoffs. If you look at all the series it’s there, it’s part of the playoffs.

When asked about stuff after the whistle, Alain Vigneault said yesterday “it’s tough to get away after the whistle when someone is kind (motions a headlock), until the ref comes in. We are trying to play whistle to whistle, that is what we are trying to do.”

Practice: No lineup indication yet

12:09PM: Dan Carcillo is not aware if he is playing tonight. (Katie Strang)

11:50AM: Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan are working on rapid fire faceoffs drills. (Rangers)

11:47AM: The Rangers are now working on 2 on 1s at both ends of the ice. (Rangers)

11:42AM: The Rangers morning skate has not yet shown line rushes which could indicate what the lineup will be tonight. (Rangers)

The Ranger are working on their PP with Ryan McDonagh, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Rick Nash (in front of the net) and Marty St. Louis. (Rangers)

At the other end of the rink the Rangers PP is Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Dan Girardi. (Rangers)

Chris Kreider is on the bench and watching the team’s skate. (Andrew Gross)

NEWS: Marty St. Louis nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy

Marty St. Louis is one of three nominees for the Lady Byng Trophy.

St. Louis has won the award in 2013, 2011, 2010 and was runner up to Pavel Datsyuk in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Award is given “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Ryan O’Reilly of the Avalanche and Patrick Marleau of the Sharks are the other two nominees.

The award is voted on by the Pro Hockey Writer’s Association.

  • Last year, St. Louis finished first with 47 first place votes, 29 second place votes, 21 third, 12 fourth, 10 fifth.
  • Last season Derek Stepan finished 7th in the voting, Ryan Callahan finished 10th, Henrik Lundqvist finished 42nd and Taylor Pyatt finished tied for 50th with two fourth place votes.
  • In 2011, St. Louis finished with 70 first place votes, 33 second, 10 third, 4 fourth and 1 fifth.

From the NHL release, “In quest of a repeat Lady Byng Trophy win and fourth in the past five years, St. Louis recorded the seventh 30-goal season of his NHL career (30-39–69). He led the Rangers in goals, points and power-play goals (nine) and ranked second in plus-minus (+13). St. Louis ranked third among NHL forwards in total time on ice (1,696:11), but was assessed just 10 penalty minutes — fewest among the League’s top 20 scorers. The 38-year-old native of Laval, Que., is a Lady Byng finalist for the eighth time in the past 10 years.”

The last Ranger to win the award was Wayne Gretzky in 1999.

Brad Richards was a winner in 2004, a runner up in 2006 and in 2010.

Read: The Flyers would like to stop taking so many penalties

Through two games the Rangers have been shorthanded four times while the Flyers have been shorthanded 12 times.

Through two games the Flyers have taken the following penalties:

Game One:

  • Interference: Adam Hall
  • High Sticking (Double Minor): Jason Akeson
  • Slashing: Claude Giroux
  • Slashing: Zac Rinaldo
  • Cross-Checking: Brayden Schenn

Game Two:

  • Holding: Wayne Simmonds
  • Roughing: Sean Couturier
  • Slashing: Jake Voracek
  • Holding: Kimmo Timonen
  • Holding: Braydon Coburn
  • Interference: Nicklas Grossman

There have also been coincidental minors: Game one: Hi-Sticking: Brayden Schenn/Coincidental with Mats Zuccarello: Roughing. In game two, Interference: Andrew MacDonald/Coincidental with Mats Zuccarello: Diving, Cross Checking: Wayne Simmonds/Coincidental with Derek Dorsett: Diving and Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Scott Hartnell/ Coincidental with Dominic Moore: Unsportsmanlike Conduct:

Flyers coach Craig Berube said, “We don’t want to give them six PPs per game, we need to be better. You are going to get penalties just because but you can’t take emotional, dumb ones and careless penalties. It will hurt you.” (Flyers)

In game one the Ranger were called for High Sticking: Ryan McDonagh and in game two the Rangers were called for Holding: Carl Hagelin, Interference: Anton Stralman, Too Many Men on the ice.

Read: Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh on what was wrong in game 2 and what needs to be better in game 3

Ryan McDonaghFollowing the Rangers optional morning skate yesterday, Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh spoke with SNY’s Nick Licalzi about some of the things the Rangers need to improve upon from game two to game three.

Richards said, “there is no other way to think. When the you lose in the playoffs it’s immediately move to the next. We had a chance to see some video today, maybe some execution and game plan but they were probably were a little more desperate for some reason than we were, they felt like they had to win that game. I’m not saying that we didn’t feel that we had to win it but for some reason, you get up 2-0 and maybe we let up just a touch and that is what we will have toe realize and we could have lost by playing perfect too so it’s not about just that. The intensity level and level of play has to keep going up and has to jump up a lot more from each game than it did from game one to game two for us. That is our main focus and what needs to be better.”

McDonagh said, “we need to get back to moving our feet a little bit. We turned it over more than in game two than we did in game one and in game one we spent more time in their zone and wore them down and I don’t think we did that enough in game two. We need to move our feet on the forecheck. Get back to getting pucks behind their D and simplifying a bit and we believe in each ourselves and in each other.”

Read: The Rangers and making Ray Emery go post to post

Four of the Rangers six goals so far against the Flyers have come with a cross-ice pass that has caused Ray Emery to move side to side in his attempt to stop the puck.

  • Game 1: Marty St. Louis’ shot ricocheted over to Brad Richards who beat Emery before he could get from post to post
  • Game 1: Richards sent a diagonal pass to Derek Stepan at the bottom of the circle, who had a wide open net to beat Emery
  • Game 2: Rick Nash fed Derek Stepan in the middle of the ice and Stepan fed St. Louis who buried a one-timer into an open side of the net
  • Game 2: Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard had a cross-ice give and go and Pouliot’s half-shot beat Emery.

Arthur Staple writes that the Flyers hung Emery out to dry by backing off on the Rangers forwards and allowing them to make the cross-ice passes that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. He adds that the Flyers made an adjustment and were able to stop many of those plays by stepping up and closing the gaps on the forwards. (Newsday)

Bob Fords writes that the Rangers had a plan that involved spreading the Flyers defense with cross-ice passes and forcing Emery to defend post to post quickly. Following the Rangers second goal of that variety the Flyers started to become more aggressive in shutting down those lanes and Ray Emery said that it’s easy to recognize what a team is trying to do.” (Philly.com)

When asked about the Flyers adjusting, Alain Vigneault said today “one is an odd man rush that our guys executed real well and the other was a PP entry where there guy got a little late and we found a seam on it. Sometimes you make good offensive plays and those were two of those times where we executed real well.”