Read: The Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash line dominated the third period last night

BrassardAlain Vigneault put Rick Nash with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello to start the third period last night and the trio combined for 3 goals on 8 shots.

In the third period:

  • Nash had 1 goal and 1 assist and 2 shots on goal
  • Brassard had 1 goal and 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
  • Zuccarello had 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 shots on goal

After the game, Alain Vigneault said that this line “took the game over and it was one of the best periods I have seen three guys play in a long time.”

He added that the “Brass line really took over that period and gave us momentum” and that Brass’s line “just went to work” when the third period started.

Buzz: John Moore WILL have an in-person hearing

John Moore
6PM The NHL has announced that Moore WILL have an in-person hearing.

4:41PM: John Moore has declined the option for an in-person hearing and will have a phone hearing tomorrow at 1PM. (Renaud Lavoie)

The NHL can still suspend Moore more than 6 games even though the hearing will be over the phone. Once the NHL offers the option of an in-person hearing they can suspend a player 6 or more games.

1:05PM: The NHL’s department of player safety has announced that John Moore has been offered an in-person hearing for an “illegal check to the head.” (NHL)

  • 1:23PM: The Rangers initially believed that Moore would have a phone hearing tomorrow, now the Department of Player Safety says that the date/time are TBA. (McKenzie)

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Read: How Montreal Radio felt about the win over the Rangers on Saturday

During the Habs Breakfast segment on TSN 690 Monday, the panel spoke about the Rangers loss to Montreal on Saturday night.

On Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh, “Henrik Lundqvist didn’t get a ton of help, including from Ryan McDonagh who BLEW a tire and led to the Canadiens first goal. (Someone else says, “I would take the “C” away”) If PK Subban does that we would be talking about PK Subban today, Ryan McDonagh does it, no big deal, barely gets a mention.”

On Lundqvist vs Price and the playoffs, the panel said:

  •  “Lundqvist was on the other end and Price was by far the better goaltender and it makes you wonder what might have happened if Carey Price had stayed healthy because he wasn’t going to be denied in this game.”

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Read: Henrik Lundqvist spoke up between the second and third (Updates)

Henrik Lundqvist3:33PM: Ryan McDonagh said on Tuesday, “we wanted to go back out and show that we care for one another and care about what this team is about. Showing some emotion and passion and we weren’t talking about scoring five goals and it just so happened that it turned into a good comeback win there.” (NYR)

9:35AM: Alain Vigneault said last night (MSG) that Henrik Lundqvist “spoke up and said a couple of things” between the second and third periods.

Asked what the message was, Henrik Lundqvist told John Giannone “it was more frustration than anger and we talked about going out and playing with emotion and working extremely hard. This is our home ice and we wan to show the fans how much we want to win and how much we are willing to pay for that and we showed it in the third.”

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Recap: Chris Kreider’s comments today

Chris Kreider TongueChris Kreider met with the media today following the Rangers practice (LoHud via Soundcloud)

  • On getting the major and misconduct, ‘I was a little surprised. I didn’t see it as as board since it was so far off the wall. Trying to get on the forecheck  20-15 seconds left, maybe get a chance to pin them and a shot late and I can feel him letting up so I turned sideways not to go through him but at the same time get a piece of him and that is what happened.”
  • On no discipline, “it happened in the first so I am basically missing the whole game. That was discipline enough.”

For more on Kreider click HERE and HERE.

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Buzz: Chris Kreider is not expected to receive supplementary discipline for his hit last night

Kreider10:47AM: Chris Kreider is not expected to receive any supplementary discipline for his hit on Jonas Brodin last night. (Bob McKenzie)

Kreider was ejected from the game and given a five minute major.

For a lot more on the hit, CLICK HERE.

Dave Maloney said on MSG last night, “Chris Kreider is still figuring out how to use his immense strength and powerful body that he has. That is a five minute penalty and a game misconduct, I would be surprised if there is anything further than that. Brodin has no chance. Chris has to learn how to turn away, he is a powerful man, you can’t hit him that way.”

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Read: The Rangers were embarrassed by their first 40 minutes

RANGERS121On MSG after the game last night, Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers were “not even close to where we need to be” through the first two periods.

The Rangers accumulated 14 minutes in penalties in the first two periods and were out-shot 24 to 8.

Derick Brassard said that the Rangers were really “embarrassed” after the second period and talked about needing to support and back each other up. He said that Alain Vigneault told the team they needed to have a “push-back” in the third period. (NY Post)

Mats Zuccarello agreed in calling the first two periods “embarrassing” and said that the third period was how the Rangers have to play at home:
don’t be afraid and balls out.” (NY Post and Daily News)

Brassard added that after being on the PK for most of the first two periods a lot of the Rangers had their legs going into the third period. (NY Post)