4/22/14 | 12:17PM: Wayne Simmonds thinks that things are just getting started between the Rangers and Flyers in terms of chippiness. (Katie Strang)
4/21/14 | 6:38PM: Following the Rangers loss to the Flyers on Sunday, Ron Duguay said on MSG that the Rangers were “a little passive in wanting to stay away from the scrums and getting involved, they got too soft. With the Flyers, you have to hit them, you need to retaliate on them. The Rangers need to get back to finishing their checks.”
He added, “The Rangers are trying to stay away from all the pushing and shoving and taking bad penalties, I think they got too soft with the Flyers. To bring the worst out against the Flyers you need to go after them physically. They felt that they would go hard and play fast without getting too physical. Zuccarello will hit guys, Dorsett but you can’t back off on the Flyers because that is how you will get them to retaliate.”
Ray Emery said that the Flyers “took it” to the Rangers a bit. (Daily News)
Dave Maloney then said, “the whistle to whistle takes on a different dimension when you are trailing by a goal because you are that much actively involved. There were 63 hits in total and a lot of stuff going on. I think there was 68 in game one, I think it will be a physical series. I think the key is that there will be moments in the game where you will need to decide if if you want to take a hit to make a play or initiate the hit to make a play. I am not 100% sure that was the case today.”
Brian Boyle told SNY’s Nick Licalzi, “it’s whistle to whistle. If you get whacked after a whistle, take a number, it’s not worth pushing and shoving, it’s not doing any damage. We stand up for another and play a hard game. We need to play hard. They are playing hard. I don’t think it’s a great deal more of chippiness, it’s part of the playoffs. If you look at all the series it’s there, it’s part of the playoffs.
When asked about stuff after the whistle, Alain Vigneault said yesterday “it’s tough to get away after the whistle when someone is kind (motions a headlock), until the ref comes in. We are trying to play whistle to whistle, that is what we are trying to do.”