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What Alain Vigneault said last night after the game

AlainAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay (Via ASAP Sports):

Q. Are the scoring chances that they’re getting too high of a quality? Or no matter what the chances are, do you need more saves?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I think I’ve mentioned many times before, some games unfold differently, and tonight, I mean, you’ve got the highest scoring team in the league going up against the third highest scoring team in the league. We’ve got a 2?1 lead.
Obviously, they’re going to open things up. They’ve got some goals in the second. We had to open things up. Found a way to crawl our way back and pushed it to overtime. Had some good looks, they had some good looks. It was one of those games.

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Glen Sather had a chat with Henrik Lundqvist after the game

Henrik LundqvistLarry Brooks writes that Henrik Lundqvist was sitting alone in the Rangers locker room “slumped back” and with a hand covering his mouth when Rangers President and GM Glen Sather came into the room. (NY Post)

Sather walked over to Lundqvist and “offered quiet, private words of love and encouragement.” (NY Post)

Lundqvist has allowed 12 goals on 66 shots in the past two games.

He spoke after the game about needing to be better and more consistent.


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Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh discusses the team’s need to stick with the process after its overtime loss in Game 3.


What Henrik Lundqvist said after the game

HenrikHenrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay (MSG):

  • On the Game Winner, “for some reason I don’t pick it up….When it comes at it me it looks like it’s coming at me and I am late reacting. I have to look at the video and see why I didn’t pick it up. It’s a tough one, it really is. The whole game is really challenging for me the way they move the puck and find open ice in the slot and scoring chances right in front. I just need to dig deep and be more consistent with my game plan and try to challenge the shooter and they pass and you stay back. They are good but at the same time as a team we can be better and I have to be better. We won’t win if I give up six goals.”

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Game Recap: Lightning 6 – Rangers 5 (OT)

Recap: The Rangers lost to the Lightning in overtime on Wednesday night in Tampa in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

Three Stars of the Game: 3) Jesper Fast, 2) Ondrej Palat, 1) Nikita Kucherov

Need to Know: 

  • Derick Brassard‘s power play goal just 1:02 into the game put the Rangers up, 1-0.
  • After Henrik Lundqvist made a save on the other end, Chris Kreider fed Jesper Fast, who beat Ben Bishop on a breakaway to increase New York’s lead to 2-0 at the 9:55 mark of the first.
  • Less than a minute after Fast’s goal, after a Dan Boyle turnover, Steven Stamkos put a rebound past Lundqvist to draw Tampa within 2-1.
  • With 10:32 gone by in the second period, Ondrej Palat’s power play goal tied things, 2-2.
  • Tyler Johnson’s goal from in front during a 4-on-4 at the 13:17 mark of the second put the Lightning up, 3-2.
  • Alex Killorn scored on an odd-man rush with 2:42 remaining in the second to increase Tampa’s lead to 4-2.
  • Just 29 seconds after Tampa took a 4-2 advantage, Jesper Fast scored his second goal of the game, putting one past Bishop to cut the deficit to 4-3.
  • Ryan McDonagh‘s power play goal with 2:28 gone by in the third period tied things, 4-4.
  • With a little under six minutes to go in the third, Ondrej Palat scored his second goal of the game, beating Lundqvist to make it 5-4 Lightning.
  • Dan Boyle scored in front on a rebound with 1:56 to go in the third as the Rangers tied the game, 5-5.
  • Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning with 3:33 gone by in overtime.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Rangers and Lightning play Game 4 of their series on Friday in Tampa at 8 p.m.