Pierre McGuire on the Rangers defense and how good it’s been

Staal and GirardiPierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and was asked about how the Rangers defense was handling Evgeni Malkin.

Pierre said, “The big three for the Rangers have been very good in this series, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal,the three of those players have been outstandingly good when it comes to defending and frustrating star players. Crosby has had a tough time, Malkin has had a tough time, Kunitz has had a tough time. The Rangers big three have been lethal, outside of game two, in defending their own goal.

Ulf Samuelsson said that McDonagh was “unreal” in game four. (Daily News)

Kevin Klein not on the ice at practice

Kevin Klein skated on his own earlier today but is not on the ice during the Rangers practice. (Gulitti)

Klein continues to make progress towards returning from a broken arm.

Keith Yandle and Mats Zuccarello are also not on the ice. (Gulitti)

Yandle has been under the weather this week but played in game three and four.

Yandle and Zuccarello are not skating with maintenance days. (NYR)

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Danny Kristo and Carl Klingberg scored in the Wolf Pack’s Game One Playoff Win (Watch)

The Wolf Pack opened up their first round series with Providence with a 3-1 win in game one:

  • Mat Bodie: nothing on scoresheet
  • Brady Skjei: tripping penalty
  • Dylan McIlrath: 1 assist, plus one, 3 shots, hooking
  • Ryan Bourque: nothing on scoresheet
  • Marek Hrivik: 1 assist, plus one, tripping (2) penalties
  • Chris Bourque: 1 assist, holding and tripping penalties
  • Chris Mueller: 1 assist, plus three, 2 shots
  • Oscar Lindberg: 1 shot
  • Michael Kostka: plus one, 1 shot
  • Danny Kristo: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus two, 1 shot
  • Ryan Haggerty: 3 shots
  • Carl Klingberg: 1 goal, plus one, 3 shots, holding penalty

Mackenzie Skapski did not dress.

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What the Rangers said about the brutal start and how things turned around

RangersThe Rangers were outshot 8-2 in the first period and out attempted 17 to 9.

Rick Nash said after the first period that the Rangers were not winning board battles and were not taking hits to make plays. (MSG)

Mats Zuccarello said during the second intermission that the first period was “not acceptable.” (MSG)

Ulf Samuelsson told John Giannone before the third period that the Rangers compete level dipped and they only dipped a “toe” in at the start instead of jumping with both feet. He added that the Rangers had a “much better” response in the second period.

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What Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers OT win last night

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

  • On the first period, “yea, we talked about that they would come at us and come at us hard and they did. They are a good team with good balance and this series has been very competitive and very tight.”
  • “I talked about what we needed to do on the ice, got better in the second and third and won it in OT.”

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