Stats: The Three Stars in Tampa Bay last night

Callahan had 1 goal, 1 assist, a plus 3, 4 shots and 4 hits.

Stralman had 2 goals, 5 shots and played 21:45.

Boyle had 2 assists, 2 shots, 4 shots that missed the net, 2 hits and was 6 and 6 on faceoffs.

Read: Anthony Duclair was impressing everyone last night

In his first game as a pro, Anthony Duclair played 13:55, had a goal, an assist, 5 shots on goal, 1 hit and a penalty.

Alain Vigneault said after the game that except for one play, he felt Duclair had a “real strong game.” He adds that Duclair is “definitely creating an impression.”

Rick Nash said that Duclair played with a lot of speed, confidence and “took control of the game.” (MSG)

Asked about his game, Duclair said that Nash and Derick Brassard deserved a lot of credit for keeping him calm and helping him throughout the game. Duclair said that he felt calm during the game and that the speed of the game is much faster than in juniors. (MSG)

He added, “I want to stay here as long as possible, whether it’s making the team or starting the season, I just want to give it my all.” (MSG)

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over Chicago (NYR):

  • On the young guys, “I liked the way that a lot of our young guys got their first opportunty and came on the ice and contributed. It was an exhibition game and some mistakes at both ends but there was some real positive signs. I thought Duclair showed that he definitely has wheels and made some nice moves and I am sure that for a first game the young man was excited. Overall I thought that except maybe for a stretch in the second, our game was pretty good. Our puck control was all right, coming out of the zone and in the offensive end. First exhibition game on the road, I thought it was all right.”

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FINAL: Rangers 4 Blackhawks 1

First Period:

  • Oscar Lindberg (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Lee Stempniak (1), Conor Allen (1)
  • Anthony Duclair (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (1), Derick Brassard (1)

Second Period:

  • Dennis Rasmussen (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Phillip Danault (1)

Third Period:

  • PPG – J.T. Miller (1) Tip-in – ASST: John Moore (1), Anthony Duclair (1)
  • Marek Hrivik (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Ryan McDonagh (1)



Adam’s Thoughts:

  •  Anthony Duclair certainly showed why there is hype around him. He may be one of those guys who is ready to play in the AHL but can’t because the rules state he has another year to play in junior. I don’t think he should/will make the Rangers but this was a really good first impression. I don’t think there is enough ice time for him with the Rangers and the best situation would be for him to go to the AHL but instead he will get another year to dominate in the QMJHL, hopefully make Team Canada for the World Juniors and then play for the memorial cup.
  • JT Miller was good again and has probably tightened his grip on locking up a roster spot and likely filling in for Derek Stepan while he was out. The big game on faceoffs is very encouraging and nice to see.
  • I liked what Rick Nash showed tonight. He had good legs, went to the net, was engaged and looked a lot like the player the Rangers need him to be.
  • One thing that may work in Oscar Lindberg’s favor, towards getting a spot on the roster, is his ability on the PK, especially with Derek Stepan out.

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Recap: Brad Richards on MSG

Brad RichardsBrad Richards was on MSG during the Rangers/Blackhawks games:

  • Do you feel you belong yet, “not yet, each day gets better and better. I feel more comfortable with the guys. It was a quick transition to go from the heartache of losing the Finals to moving to a new team and new city, but a great team and great organization.
  • On Patrick Kane, “It’s very important. I haven’t played with anybody here in my career. Just with tendencies and feeling comfortable and having a good relationship with guys.”
  • On becoming a dad,  “It will probably change me quite a bit. I am so excited. We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet the little guy.”

Richards said earlier today that the writing was on the wall for his buyout with the Rangers having no cap room and the new rules for long-term deals. (Trib)

He added that it was a tough situation, in the playoffs, to be a big part of the team while also knowing he was likely going to be off the team in a week.(Trib)

Recap: Anthony Duclair on MSG


10:32PM: Scott Arniel told John Giannone that Duclair has explosive speed and has been good at getting back and tracking the puck when he doesn’t have it.

Duclair has also been praised all night long by Joe Micheletti and Sam Rosen.

9:29PM: Anthony Duclair was a guest of John Giannone on MSG and said:Duclair 2

  • On the first period, “I can’t put it int words for sure, an unbelievable feeling and probably the happiest kid in the world but I still have two periods to go and I have had the chance to play with two good players and I need to keep showing what I can show.”

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