Alain Vigneault

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today about game 3, travel between NY and Philly and lineup

Alain Vigneault met with the media during the Rangers optional practice today (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

  • On considering game 3 lineup changes, “still in the process of deciding that.”
  • What would make you decide to change, “if it’s something that I feel is better for the team.”
  • Was there frustration about not going up 2-0, “I felt some disappointment. Our guys went out with the intention of wining that game. We came out with a good start and then they had a push and they capitalized on couple of chances but we weren’t able to do it in the second. In the third, give them credit, they did a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and shutting us down and we didn’t get a lot.”

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Read: The latest on Chris Kreider (Update)

4/21/14 | 11:57AM | Alain Vigneault says that Chris Kreider is improving but that is all he said. (Andrew Gross)

4/19/14 | 8:08AM | Chris Kreider HandSteve Zipay says that he saw Chris Kreider in the Rangers locker room on Friday and that Kreider is dying to play but “he’s not close.” (Newsday)

Zipay says that Kreider will be “well-rested” and “pumped” if the Rangers are able to advance in the playoffs. (Newsday)

Kreider continues to be listed as being out “indefinitely” after surgery on his hand.

Alain Vigneault said this week, “he started to skate, is working out and hopefully at sometime we will have more information for everybody.”


Recap: Adam Graves talks playoffs, game 2 and keys to game 3

Adam Graves joined Laura Behnke on ABC 7 last night to talk about the Rangers/Flyers series:

  • Were you surprised how Philly came out an answered in game two, “not at all. When you look at their lineup, led by Giroux, they have an excellent hockey club and I think that after the 15 game point in the season both teams were the hottest teams in the league and to think that this wasn’t going to be a tough series is a little naive. They came back strong but the Rangers are one of the best teams on the road in the regular seaosn and I would expect nothing different in the playoffs.”

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Read: Back to square one in this series

RANGERS0During his post game comments on MSG last night, Ryan McDonagh said that “unfortunately” for the Rangers they were back to square one in their series against the Flyers. He said that he thought the Rangers had a good effort but it’s “disappointing” not to back up the first win.

McDonagh said that the Rangers wanted to grab hold of the series and now need to challenge themselves to find a way to win game 3.

He said that the Rangers made mistakes and the Flyers executed with the time and space the Rangers gave them.

Dan Girardi said that the Rangers lacked the “Killer Instinct” needed when up 2-0. (Nettavisen)

Marty St. Louis said on MSG after the game, “we did some good things, we did some bad things and that is hockey and you need to keep pushing and that is what we will do.”

Dave Maloney said that the Flyers “dumbed” down their game and it was effective. He said that the Rangers were beat round the boards, around the net and allowed the Flyers to do their business.

Alain Vigneault said that he thought the Rangers could have played a lot better in the third period but that the Flyers played well in defending their lead. He added that the Rangers best hockey came in the second period where they had 17 shots on goal but allowed two goals.

Henrik Lundqvist said after the game on MSG, “you can’t feel sorry for yourself,  you just have to go out there and stay confident and feel good about our game. We did a lot of good things but it’s first to four wins. We didn’t expect this to be easy at all. We had a great game last time and I thought we played pretty good but so did they.”


Adam Rotter: A lot about the loss yesterday stings, the blown 2 goal lead, the missed PP chances, the too many men on the ice call at the end and the embellishment calls, but the Rangers simply didn’t execute as well as the Flyers. Had they executed better at least some of those things listed above wouldn’t have happened.  Now it’s 1-1 and like how the Flyers stepped up their game in game two, the Rangers need to be better in game three. These two teams are pretty evenly matched and could easily alternate wins the rest of the series.

Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers loss to the Flyers:

  • Did you sense the momentum change when they made it 2-1, “not really. We knew that they were going to come out with a good game, we had a good start, it wasn’t a lot of room out there in the first, in the second, this game can be funny sometimes, I thought t was our best period of the night. we had some grade A chances, the PP had some great looks, and they scored two and we didn’t. At the end they end that was the game.

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