This morning on Leafs Breakfast on TSN1 1050, Darren Dreger recounted his experience at Yankee Stadium last night.
Dreger said that one of the highlights for him was “Cee Lo Green, I don’t what was it, before the game, whatever it was, he was taunting Islander fans and boy did they turn on this short, little, stout man in a hurry. He would break into his own song and just stop and say ‘the Rangers are gonna kick the Islanders asses’ and they were outraged. So when he came up in the first intermission they put a slate up on the big screen at Yankee Stadium saying ‘coming up next Cee Lo Green’ and there was just this enormous ‘boooo.’ That was one of the highlights for me.”
@myboystepan on twitter sends in this report, “I think unintentionally. He started by asking fans of either team to cheer. For the Isles, he kept saying “you may be outnumbered, but make some noise” or something of that sort. Later, he focused only on Rangers fans, and asking them exclusively to make noise, once saying “if you think the NYR will kick the NYI ass, make some noise” It wasn’t clear if it was intentional or just a part of his overall poor performance skills.”
Callahan said, “you know the surroundings and the routines but it’s a new game and new team and we play at night so it’s a few new things to look forward to.”
Brad Richards said on Sunday (MSG) that he thinks that coming into Wednesday’s game with two points will help the Rangers and that they know to keep things simple because they have experienced the conditions and ice surface before.
Alain Vigneault said after the Devils that he doesn’t think that the Rangers will have an advantage on Wednesday that the Islanders will feed off of their first opportunity to play outside”
On Tuesday, Vigneault said “it is definitely not going to hurt. Probably, I think the individual it will help the most is Hank. To get the bearings, the fact that the people aren’t behind and that he has had the opportunity to have a practice and a game, I think should help him. We all saw how challenging it was for the goalies at the beginning of the game so it should help him. We have one game experience at Yankee Stadium so it shouldn’t hurt.”
Chris Kreider said that tonight’s game will be completely different from Sunday’s game and they will be “independent entities.” He said that the team will be able to take certain things from Sunday’s game but the key will be how they adjust to what is different.” (NHL.com)
Following practice today, Ryan Callahan said (MSG) that the ice at Yankee Stadium was “tough” and that being outside you expect it to be bumpy, rough and that the ice crew did the best they could with it.
Henrik Lundqvist said today (MSG), “I don’t expect the ice to be at the same level as when we play at the Garden but playing outdoor,s it’s a temporary ice and if the puck comes down maybe you put your glove behind the stick in case it bounces but I told the guys that on rims behind the net I may not play it as much in case it bounces but you have to kind of expect that. I thought the ice was pretty good though…. when it starts snowing it’s a different feeling and everything moves slower but they were out there a lot clearing the snow so it was fine.”
Brian Boyle said today that he didn’t like how some people were complaining about the ice and that it was the same for both teams. He added that “obviously” with the rink being built in the middle of the infield of a baseball stadium the ice isn’t going to be “normal.” (Daily News)
Following the game, there were mixed reports on how ice held up.
Patrick Elias said after the game on MSG, “they kept it simple and we didn’t. They were pretty patient without the puck,we were trying to be over aggressive, got caught our guys on the forechecking in their zone and then they got odd-man rushes.
Kevin Weekes and Mike Johnston said on the NHL Network last night that the Devils went away from the their structure and fell in love with a speed game that they couldn’t play.
Marty Brodeur said after the game, “In the second…some of the goals they scored they didn’t even shoot the puck on net. It went off of them or they tried to make a pass and it went off our guys. Just kind of a tough break, tough game to be part of and you’re looking forward to these kinds of events……. and then you have a result like that.” (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)
Rick Nash said after the game that nearly all of the Rangers goals were lucky and that “when you work hard and keep it simple” bounces will go your way.”
Pierre McGuire said this morning on TSN 1050 that the Devils made terrible decisions after they went up 3-1.
Adam Rotter: It was such an un-Devil like performance, with all of the defensive miscues, and not clamping down when up 3-1 but the Rangers took advantage when the opportunities were presented. There was another odd-man rush or two that they didn’t score on, Derek Stepan hit the post, and it seemed like the Devils started playing into how the Rangers wanted them to play. It turned out well for the Rangers who used their speed to get up the ice and put the Devils in a vulnerable position.
4:24PM: First Period:
Before the game on NBC, Alain Vigneault said, “okay men…we need to put our focus on the process. Just like we saw on the tape before the game, we know it’s gonna be a greasy game, that is how this team plays. With the puck in our zone, chip and slash. In the neutral zone move the puck before they set up in the offensive zone before they swarm, move it east/west or low to high. We have to move it quick, if we don’t have puck I want numbers coming back, I want numbers in our end and their top line, it’s a good line and we need numbers and good sticks and body position. Shift at a time, go out and have fun, it’s a great day to be here.”