What Alain Vigneault said today

Alain Vigneault met with the media today (via ASAP Sports):
Q. How would you describe the next game and the importance of it?

COACH VIGNEAULT: Game 4? Obviously, we’re down by one. We know the importance of tomorrow’s game like we knew the importance of 1, 2, and 3, so we’re going to be ready for it.

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JT Miller was promoted last night

JT Miller 1JT Miller started last night’s game against Tampa on the fourth line with James Sheppard and Tanner Glass but was moved up in the third period to skate on the top line with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash.

Miller skated 6:08 with Nash and 6:06 with Brassard, at even strength, and had 12 shifts in the third and OT.

He skated 6:52 with Sheppard and 6:34 with Glass over 14 shifts in the first and second periods.

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May 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning defeated the Rangers 6-2 to tie the series at 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Pierre McGuire: Rangers ‘fatigue’ critical vs. Lightning speed

Pierre McGuire pointed to a combination of the Rangers being fatigued and the Lightning coming out quick that have New York trailing Tampa Bay 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

McGuire spoke on TSN 1050 early Thursday morning to recap the Rangers Game 3 loss to Tampa Bay.

He said the Rangers were successful shutting down the Capitals power play, the best in the regular season, last series, but are now running into trouble vs. the Lightning. Tampa Bay was 4 for 8 on the power play in Games 2 and 3.

“When you’re fatigued and you play against a fast team, that’s when you can get in trouble,” McGuire said.

The Rangers allowed 12 goals in its entire second-round series vs. Washington, but Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have allowed 12 goals in the past two games.

“Henrik’s gotta be better,” McGuire said.

McGuire said Tampa Bay is a much deeper team than people acknowledged, notably with Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos.

“Those guys are just playing unbelievably well together,” McGuire said. “Steven was at another level last night. Killorn’s been at another level since the series started.”

McGuire said he thinks the Rangers will tie the series eventually, but noted the Lightning’s talent prove to be a much more difficult task at hand.

“They have so much skill and so much speed … last night was another example of that,” he said.


How the Rangers best players did in Game 3

Rangers MuralFollowing Game 2, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers best players needed to step up and match the best players for Tampa Bay.

After game three, Vigneault said on MSG “guys are trying hard right now. It’s a one-goal game and we showed a lo of character in coming back and tying it up. A little unfortunate on the game winner but our guys are battling. We will look at the game and see where we can improve and get ready for the next one.”

Larry Brooks wrote that the Rangers got nothing from Marty St. Louis or Rick Nash and that both were invisible. (NY Post)

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