Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post practice comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers practice today (Rangers Report) :

  • Why has the team had success against the Flyers top line in every game, “its’ tough to answer really. Those players are so skilled and so determined on the ice and maybe we just got lucky. When you play against a line like that you need to have a plan and do the right things with the puck and so far I think we have done a pretty good job there. They have had some looks and we will need to be good tomorrow.”

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Read: Marty St. Louis’ first playoff game as a Ranger

Marty St. LouisOn Thursday night, Marty St. Louis had 2 assists, 0 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked and 1 shot that missed the net in 19:18.

St. Louis picked up the primary assist on Brad Richard’s game winning goal when he, positioned in between the circles in front of the net, took a no-look pass from Rick Nash and put it right into the skates of a Flyers defenseman who sent the puck to Richards who put it in.

He picked up a secondary assist when he took a cross ice pass from Ryan McDonagh at the bottom of the right circle, passed it back to Richards near the point and Richards fired a slap pass across to Derek Stepan who put it in.

St. Louis started 58.3% of his shifts in the offensive zone and 41.7% in the neutral zone. (ES)

He was mostly matched up against Mark Streit, Nicklas Grossman, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek. (ES)

Brad Richards, on MSG, praised St. Louis’ role on the PP.

On MSG, St. Louis was asked if it was a fun night and said, “for sure, whenever you get the playoffs going, especially in this building, good energy, good rivalry, we were ready to go.”

Read: The Rangers 2013-14 Playoff Motto

The Rangers playoff motto for the 2013-14 season is “Above and Beyond: Earn It.” (Katie Strang)

The motto resides on a poster in the Rangers locker room:

Rangers Stanley Cup Picture Puzzle

Brad Richards was asked about it and said “The Steven McDonald award that Mats Zuccarello won at the end of the year, he said something on the ice before he presented the award that was “above and beyond” and that is the motto of the NYPD and it’s what “above and beyond the call of duty” and it’s why the award is given and every year you try to get a motto of something that happened during the year and that seemed to be something that the guys wanted to stick with.”

In 2011-12 the Rangers motto was “The Right Way”

In 2013 it was “Stay Positive”

Recap: What Alain Vigneault said after practice yesterday

Alain VigneaultFollowing the Rangers optional practice yesterday, Alain Vigneault said (Rangers and Rangers Report)

  • On the fourth line being effective, “well, they play to their strengths. They are honest, hard working hockey players that get pucks deep and forecheck the right way and when they do get the puck back they put it on the net and try and jam and whack at it and get it back. They are a hard working group, that foursome we have used, that rotation if you want to call it that has been real effective for us.”
  • Do you prefer to coach a 4 line team, “I would say to you that any team that has had success in the past few years has been a four line team and you have to be able to spread the minutes out and if you want to play a good tempo game you need, in my estimation, I look at the teams that have success and there are a couple of players that get extra ice time but the teams that have success on a regular basis, I’m just thinking of the Bruins now, they are able to throw four lines on the ice and do it on a regular basis.”

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Brad Richards

Read: Brad Richards performance in game one

In game one against the Flyers, Brad Richards had a goal and two primary assists in 19:03. Richards had 6 shots on goal, 3 shots that were blocked and 1 shot that missed the net.

It was Richards first three point game of the year and, from the Rangers, “the last time Richards tallied three points in a playoff game was a four-point effort (one goal, three assists) in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Apr. 27, 2008, as a member of the Dallas Stars. Richards has recorded four power play points (three goals, one assist) in his last four overall contests.”

When asked how Richards felt compared to his playoff time last year, he said “I don’t need to talk about last year, I’ll talk about tonight. I have had lots of good years, I don’t need to talk about one bad one.” (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

Joe Micheletti said on MSG last night, remembering what he went through lat year and has a lot of pride and everything he went through in the offseason and he battled hard. His battle level, he got involved, moved the puck, was decisive. Everything he did was at at high level. I thought his leadership, how he talked and what it means and that pass he made to Stepan was a thing of beauty.”

Vinny Lecavalier said after the game that Richards was never the fastest player but is a smart and makes big plays. (

Mike Sielski describes Richards as someone who doesn’t have all the attributes anymore but “knows exactly where he has to be to beat you.” (

Ryan McDonagh said after the game last night, (Rangers). “he is a huge part of it. Ever since he has shown up here you can see the way he approaches the game, so smart mentally, real wise with his experience and steps up in big moments. He is one of those guys where it won’t get to him, he will want more.”

Alain Vigneault said after the game that Richards was good at both ends of the ice and when asked about his leadership said, “I mean, that is why he is here. He is an experienced player who has been through the wars before and I  expect him to share his knowledge and bring that to the table every night and share it with his teammates.”

Ray Ferraro said that the play Richards made to Derek Stepan on the Rangers third goal was “brilliant.”

Adam Rotter: Richards delivered last night and did so on the PP which is where the team has needed him the most the past two years. It’s one game and it’s great for Richards after his poor play last year led to him being scratched but the Rangers need this type of play to continue. He was pretty good in the 2011-12 playoffs and has made big plays for the Rangers before so he will continue to be a guy that Alain Vigneault counts on, especially on the PP.

Read: Carl Hagelin is happy to take a stick in the face if it means helping the team

2:33PM: Henrik Lundqvist said today (Rangers Report): “when you get hit in the face like that and we score two goals, you can deal with it…it’s pretty good. It seems like this year his face is a magnet…I don’t know how many times during the year he has gotten hit with the puck. Normally I would feel bad for him but yesterday he can take one for the team, I think.

10:20AM: Carl Hagelin drew a double minor in the third period last night when the Flyers Jason Akeson of the Flyers saw his stick smack Hagelin across the face and cut Hagelin’s lip.

Hagelin said that Akeson got him “pretty good” but that he will take it. (CBC)

He added, “you are ready to take one for the team, especially when it’s tied and we find a way to score, it’s a good feeling. (SNY)

Akeson said after the game that he went to hit Hagelin, his back leg swung out and his stick came out. He added that it was unfortunate and that he certainly wasn’t going out there to take a four minute PP. Akeson said that it was a “sick feeling” watching the Rangers score. (CBC)