Read: The Rangers played their best game of the season last night

RangersMarty St. Louis said last night in a chat with Dave Maloney that the Rangers played their best game of the season and that they had three periods of sustained/smart play.

St. Louis added, “I think it’s important for everybody to realize that when we put a 60 minute effort like this, we can beat anybody in this league.”

Joe Micheletti said that the players from a year ago can look at last night with the feeling that this is how they need to play, this is how they can play and that this was the closest they have come so far to looking like the team from last year.  (MSG)

Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG that this was the Rangers most complete game of the season and that the team talked about how San Jose had played the night before, had been on the road for a while. He said that the Rangers were physical and focused and many a bunch of good decisions. Lundqvist added, “It feels good, last couple of games we have been better and better as a group and making smart decisions.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over the Sharks:

  • Overall, we did what we had to do to win a game against a tough opponent. They are a good faceoff team and our guys bared down and got a lot of help on the 50/50 pucks and it permitted us to start with the puck, we are a better team and a faster team when we start with the puck. There is no doubt that we got a couple of bounces from their goalie tonight that permitted us to score timely goals. Those two at the end of the second were difference makers and when we did break down Hank made some solid saves for us.”

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Watch: Why Matt Hunwick was given the Broadway Hat

Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG, “that is why I gave him the hat, that was the biggest save of the game there. Not to let them feel good about their game and get them going, it’s so important to get the big chances and that save he made early in the first, it helped me and the whole team and it’s what you need, you need the bounces and big plays at the right time and tonight we had it.”

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FINAL: Rangers 4 Sharks 0

8:55PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on Kevin Hayes… “He is a big body. With the puck, he shows a lot of poise. With his size he can protect that puck. I thought in our own end, he was in the right position, didn’t panic the couple times he got the puck down low, held onto it and made the high percentage plays.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“I think the big thing tonight was our team effort. It was probably our most complete game of the year. They played last night and they’ve been on the road for a while, so we wanted to play our physical, focused game. We made so many good decisions. We stayed patient with it too, it was a tight game. They didn’t give us much, but we didn’t give them almost anything. Sooner or later we knew we were going to create a big chance to score. It feels good. The last couple of games we have been playing better and better as a group and making smart decisions.”

Carl Hagelin on the team’s play. . .“We have a really good group of guys in here. Everyone shows a lot of character, so it doesn’t matter who you play with. We’ve been changing lines a lot as of late, and we didn’t have the results we had wanted. It makes sense. It was good to see today that a lot of lines were clicking.”

7:40PM: First Period:

Second Period:

  • Carl Hagelin (1) – ASST: John Moore (1), Dominic Moore (1)
  • Martin St. Louis (1) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE
  • Rick Nash (7) Wrist shot – ASST: Dominic Moore (2)

Third Period:

  • Kevin Hayes (1) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE

3 Stars

  • 3: Henrik Lundqvist
    2: Rick Nash
    1: Carl Hagelin

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • This is the game we have been waiting to see from the Rangers. They were strong on the puck, got chances and got some nice bounces. They went to the net, hit, and probably played their best game of the year.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was very good and made a few outstanding saves to preserve his shutout.
  • Kevin Hayes continues to impress and took a great shot to score his first NHL goal.
  • The Rangers looked deep tonight with four lines that all had a nice presence, it’s part of the reason why I think Anthony Duclair will end up back in Quebec. He can’t be a healthy scratch and since he can’t go down to Hartford, it’s the best move for him. If an injury occurs the Rangers have plenty of capable players in Hartford who can step in.

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Read: NHL explanation for no-goal at end of first

6:57PM the NHL announcement on the Marty St. Louis good goal that was reviewed: “At 19:16 of the second period in the Sharks/Rangers game, video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that Martin St. Louis’ rebound shot entered the net in a legal fashion. Good goal New York.”

6:01PM From the NHL: “At 19:56 of the first period in the Sharks/Rangers game, the Situation Room initiated video review after the puck entered the San Jose net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he blew his whistle to stop play before the puck crossed the Sharks goal line. No goal New York.”

Read: Chris Mueller on being called up and being ready

Chris MuellerChris Mueller said that he went down to Hartford with a “great attitude” and that you go down there trying to be the best player that you can so that when a call up is needed, he will be the guy. (NYR)

He said that he has learned the key to going down to the AHL is just always being prepared and ready and he says that he is ready for tonight against the Sharks. (NYR)

Mueller says that he play a stable game and win faceoffs. (Ranger Rants)

Asked about Mueller, Alain Vigneault said that he is a smart player, has NHL experience and did a good job in training camp. He added that Mueller is a right handed center and the Rangers and that was part of the reason he was called up. (NYR)

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