The Penguins, Henrik Lundqvist and the goalie crease

Henrik Lundqvist

4/18/15 | 3:10PM: Dejan Kovacevic writes that nothing is funnier than how the NY media has bought into what Vigneault has said about the Pens in the crease. (DK

He added, “gamesmanship is part of any playoff, particularly among coaches. But my goodness, at least grasp at something that’s more believable than UFOs or the Loch Ness.” (DK)

12:28PM: Crosby said that the Pens would like to get to Lundqvist more. (Strang)

12:12PM: Patric Hornqvist laughed when asked about the Rangers complaints about crease crashing. He said that the Penguins haven’t touched Lundqvist. (Josh Yohe)

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Ryan McDonagh on Dan Girardi and his toughness

DAN GIRARDIFollowing practice yesterday, Ryan McDonagh said that Dan Girardi battles through a “ton of pain” and is still able to be effective for the Rangers.  (NYR)

Girardi practiced yesterday after taking a puck to the face in the third period on Thursday.

McDonagh said that he thought that he had seen everything but then Girardi takes a puck to the face and still practice the next day. (NYR)

He said that Girardi plays hard minutes, is a leader for the Rangers and plays the style that they want to play. (NYR)

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The Rangers are a whistle to whistle team

Alain VigneaultFollowing the Rangers win over the Penguins on Thursday, Alain Vigneault said “whistle to whistle” four times in reference to some of the tactics that Pittsburgh were trying to employ.

Vigneault said that the Penguins are trying to get under the Rangers skin and “get some stuff going” after a play but the Rangers won’t get involved.

He added, “we are going to play whistle to whistle and a fast paced game like we did all year.”

Vigneault said that the Rangers will finish checks when they have the opportunity but they want to play whistle to whistle.

Playing “whistle to whistle” was a staple of how the Rangers played in the playoffs last year.


The Rangers brought Dan Boyle in for now

Dan BoyleEarlier in the season, Dan Boyle said that the Rangers brought him in for the “big picture” and not to “win a game in December.” (NY Post)

Boyle has played 107 career playoff games and has 14 goals and 56 assists. His average ice-time per game in the playoffs has been 24:48. (HR)

Boyle had 9 goals, 11 assists, a plus 18 rating, 116 shots on goal, 79 blocked shots, 33 giveaways, 20 takeaways and an average of 20:14 per game.

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The pre game from MSG last night (Watch)

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