- On the comeback, “Until that point, it was a special teams battle and their PP got them three. We got another PP and scored to make it 3-2 and finally we scored 5 on 5. I liked a lot of our game 5 on 5 and the things we did. I wasn’t crazy about the number of offensive zone penalties we took. But, that is a real good team and we scrounged our way back and tie it up and win it in OT.”
10:35PM: Dan Girardi said on MSG, “Kleiner came in with a toe drag and low blocker, it was nice to see.
10:32PM: Ryan McDonagh said on MSG of Klein, “that is awesome. He is a workhorse for us back there he can really skate and it’s a big strength of him. 4 on 4 he knows he can jump and take advantage of the room and it’s great to see him get the winner.”
Klein said on MSG:
10:43PM: Range game notes are below
9:41PM: First Period:
- PPG – Chris Kreider (2) Snap shot – ASST: Ryan McDonagh (1), Martin St. Louis (5)
- PPG – Jaromir Jagr (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Damien Brunner (1), Travis Zajac (2)
- PPG – Adam Henrique (3) Snap shot – ASST: Jaromir Jagr (4), Damon Severson (2)
- PPG – Jon Merrill (1) Snap shot – ASST: Damien Brunner (2), Adam Henrique (4)
- PPG – Chris Mueller (1) Snap shot – ASST: Derick Brassard (1), Ryan McDonagh (2)
- Rick Nash (8) Backhand shot – ASST: Lee Stempniak (3)
- Kevin Klein (1) Snap shot – ASST: Chris Kreider (4), Chris Mueller (1)
- Well that was an excellent comeback for the Rangers. I didn’t think they were bad in the first two periods, but the PK let them down. They built on Chris Mueller’s goal and then Rick Nash went up another level, starting creating chances and scored the tying goal.
- It’s another step in the right direction for the Rangers who could have essentially closed up shop after giving up that early third goal to the Devils. They kept battling and chipped away against a Devils team that wasn’t giving them a lot early on. It’s a character win and another good thing for the team to build on as they have won three in a row.
- It was one of those rare nights where the PP was good and the PK wasn’t. It’s usually the other way around for the Rangers and frankly, if given the choice of the two I would rather the PK be better.
- Chris Mueller came through and seems like a nice player to have around. He’s a bottom six center that has some skills and can move up during a game, play on the PP and just add nice depth. I think ultimately he will be the 13th forward when Derek Stepan returns but he hasn’t looked out of place in the past two games.
- On the defense, “I think we are looking pretty good on the blue line. We will see with Girardi but it was looking pretty good this morning so we hope he will play.”
- On the improvements, “as units of 5 we are working together hard to backcheck and making it easier for the defense to stand up with their gap control. We will be tested tonight against a good team who puts a lot of pressure on our breakouts. That will be a key tonight, to beat their pressure.”
3:23PM: Duclair said today (NYR):
- “I’m not the first guy to come into this league and sit out a few games. I am going through the process of learning everyday.”
- “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I am 19 years old, still a kid and playing against men and now that I am out I can watch clips on things I can work on and work hard in practice and get back as soon as possible.”
3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said of Duclair today:
- “This is obviously, every player is different, each case is different and in Anthony’s case, if we send him back to junior we can’t bring him up. We don’t have that leeway of sending him to Hartford and then bringing him back up. In Anthony’s case, my experience, because I have coached in junior and the AHL and NHL, I have a pretty good grasp on our time frame with him and he isn’t playing tonight, but he will practice and we will see the next game.”
- He is better here for the moment, “yes.”
12:20PM: Anthony Duclair will be scratched for the second straight game tonight when the Rangers play the Devils. (Kevin Dube)
For a lot more on Duclair, CLICK HERE.
Alain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers optional morning skate in New Jersey (NYR):
- “It will take a lot to keep him out of the lineup.”
- Does he still hold that MTL game against you, “he hasn’t talked to me about that one but he has said that he will try it this morning and see how it feels there. Game time and we will figure it out.”
- No other lineup changes, “no.”
3:29PM: Girardi said that he is feeling good and ready to go tonight. (NY Post)
He said that he didn’t come back into Sunday’s game as a precaution. (Ranger Rants)
12:27PM: Girardi says that he will play today. (Steve Zipay)
11:41AM: Alain Vigneault called Girardi a game time decision and said that it would take a lot to keep him out of the lineup. (NYR)
11:27AM: Dan Girardi is taking part in the Rangers optional morning skate today in New Jersey. (NYR)