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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) as defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) defends during an overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) as defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) defends during an overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

In his first career playoff round, Jimmy Vesey had 2 assists, 7 PIM, a fight, 7 shots on goal, 16 shot attempts, 11 hits and an average of 14:59.

Alain Vigneault said during the first round that he had always known Vesey as someone who played with an edge as well as a "big time player" who performed well in big moments.

Jimmy Vesey said that he has been building confidence from one game to the next and that he feels he is at his best when he is "engaged." (NY Post)

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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) battle for the puck during the second period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) battle for the puck during the second period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

In his first career playoff game last night, Jimmy Vesey played 11:49, had one shot on goal, one shot attempt that missed the net, 2 hits and 1 takeaway.

He played 3:08 in the first period, 3:31 in the second period and 5:10 in the third period with 10:18 coming at even strength and 1:31 coming on the PP.

He skated mostly on a line with Rick Nash and Mika Zibanejad and when he was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 9 shot attempts for, 11 against and 5 shots on goal for and 5 against.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the New York Rangers ended the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:16 PIT Nick Bonino; Assists: Dominik Simon, Phil Kessel
  • 13:54 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assist: Michael Grabner
  • 18:31 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assists: McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad

Second period:

  • 13:38 PIT Carter Rowney

Third period:

  • 7:23 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Zibanejad
Tags: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan McDonagh
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Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey returned to the Rangers lineup on Sunday after being scratched for Friday's loss to the Penguins.

Vesey was a minus two in 14:25 and had one shot on goal, 1 shot attempt that was missed and 1 blocked shot.

He saw 11:50 at even strength and 2:35 on the PP.

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Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

11:25AM: Jimmy Vesey and Tanner Glass will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against the Flyers. (NYR)

Pavel Buchnevich and Matt Puempel will be scratched. (NYR)

Vesey was scratched against the Penguins but Alain Vigneault said that he would likely return tonight and that he would be part of the Rangers lineup in the playoffs.

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (not pictured) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (not pictured) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jimmy Vesey skated with the extras yesterday at Rangers practice and while Alain Vigneault said that he hadn't firmly decided on his lineup he said that Vesey's spot in practice would be an "indication" on tonight.

He said that Vesey had been playing well but that Tuesday in San Jose he had an "off night" which Vigneault said was "being polite"

Vigneault said that it wasn't a big deal and that "there is no doubt in my mind that for us going into the playoffs that Jimmy is going to be in the lineup. Maybe not there for the next game but he will be there in the playoffs."

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Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Jimmy Vesey scored his first goal in 14 games last night.

Vesey last scored on 2/16 against the Islanders and has 4 goals in the past 31 games.

He had two shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.

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Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and coach Alain Vigneault speak to the media following the Rangers' 5-2 loss to Columbus on Sunday night.

The New York Rangers lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more

First period:

  • 1:02 CLB Alexander Wennberg; Assists: David Savard, Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • 4:07 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Derek Stepan
  • 6:47 CLB Cam Atkinson (power play); Assists: Sam Gagner, Zach Werenski

Second period:

  • 9:47 CLB Wennberg; Assist: Oliver Bjorkstrand

Third period:

  • 4:12 CLB Cam Atkinson; Assist: Brandon Dubinsky
  • 19:36 CLB Josh Anderson; Assists: Scott Hartnell, William Karlsson
  • 19:59 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Marc Staal, Oscar Lindberg
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Rick Nash
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Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh discusses the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Islanders on the road at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers, who came into the game having won six straight. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:23 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
  • 6:24 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Stephen Gionta

Third period

  • 3:03 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (short handed); Assists: John Tavares
  • 3:46 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Rick Nash
  • 18:50 NYI Andrew Ladd (empty net); Assists: Jason Chimera
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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders were throttled by the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, 7-1. The six-goal margin of defeat was the largest for the Islanders since a 6-0 loss to Minnesota on March 18, 2014.
  • The Rangers winning streak reached a season-high six games with Monday's 3-2 victory at the Blue Jackets. It is the longest winning streak by the Rangers since a run of nine games from October 25 -- November 15, 2015.
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Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

2/15/17 | 5:21PM: Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that Vesey has been handling the learning curve of the NHL "very well," adding "I look at the last game where he got off to, he was skating real well, playing the body and seemed like he had some good energy. Jimmy had his legs and had some jump and sparks and he was physical. He is doing exactly what we expected, that any young player does." (NYR)

2/14/17 | 12:14PM: Jimmy Vesey scored the game-winner Monday night for the Rangers -- his first goal in five games -- and has six goals and three assists in the past 35 games.

Vesey had two shots on goal and was moved up to skate with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash because Alain Vigneault said that he was skating better than Pavel Buchnevich at the time.

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates with teammates after a goal in the shootout against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates with teammates after a goal in the shootout against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Jimmy Vesey scored the game winning goal for the Rangers tonight at 13:28 of the third period.

From the Rangers Game Notes: "Jimmy Vesey recorded the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with two hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He is tied for second among NHL rookies in game-winning goals this season (four), and he also ranks second on the Rangers in game-winning goals in 2016-17. He is the first Ranger who has registered four game-winning goals in his rookie season since Nigel Dawes in 2007-08. In addition, Vesey has tallied each of his last two goals against the Blue Jackets."

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey's go-ahead goal midway through the third period propelled the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Nationwide Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 8:12 COL Brandon Dubinsky; Assists: Brandon Saad, Seth Jones

Second period:

  • 0:12 NYR Dan Girardi (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller

Third period:

  • 4:49 NYR Hayes; Unassisted
  • 11:53 COL Nick Foligno; Assist: David Savard
  • 13:28 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Derek Stepan, Nick Holden  
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg
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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Jimmy Vesey scored his first goal and recorded his first point on 2017 on Tuesday against Columbus.

Vesey has 3 goals and 1 assist in the past 22 games with only 26 shots on goal and an average of 12:37 per game.

Vesey has four shots on goal, 3 against Columbus, in the past two games after playing six straight games without registering a shot on goal.

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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

 

Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that Jimmy Vesey's decrease in ice time isn't so much because of how he is playing but because of returning players like Rick NashMika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich.

Vigneault also pointed to the success of the Derek Stepan line and the Kevin Hayes line and that Vesey is going through the process of becoming a pro.

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

1/13/17 | Vigneault said on Friday, "he is coming along, a young player that our management and scouts spoke very highly of but as with any young player you are hoping that what you are seeing in the leagues that they are playing in, that they can bring that to the NHL and Jimmy has done that. He has come in and very mature, extremely hard worker, he wants to learn, very easy to coach and getting an opportunity at this level and has been able to contribute 5 on 5 and PP and we are very happy with his progression."

1/10/17This season, Jimmy Vesey has 11 goals and 8 assists in 41 games, with a minus two rating, 66 shots on goal and an average of 14:16 per game.

In the past 21 games Vesey has 4 goals, 3 assists, a minus 7 rating, 31 shots on goal and an average of 13:46 per game.

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils allowed a late game-tying goal to Derek Stepan and lost to the New York Rangers in a shootout, 3-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the Rangers' second consecutive shootout victory on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Derek Stepan scored a game-tying goal late in the third period as the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, in a shootout Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Adam Henrique, Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Damon Severson, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Klein, Kyle Palmieri, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau, Ryan McDonagh, Taylor Hall
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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

In his first game in Nashville, Jimmy Vesey played 13:09, had 1 shot on goal, 5 shot attempts and was booed and serenaded with "Vesey Sucks" when he touched the puck.

Vesey told Dave Maloney after the game that he was focused on keeping things simple and not letting any "external distractions" bother him.

Vesey scored the winner in the shootout, something he told Dave Maloney "definitely felt good."

Alain Vigneault said that this was the most hostile of the three environments Vesey has played in, Nashville, Boston, Buffalo, but that he doesn't think it bothered him "one bit." (MSG)

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Jimmy Vesey spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • On being enemy number 1 in Nashville, "probably the same. Just tried to keep it simple tonight and not let the external distractions bother me. First period was me trying to get into the game mentally and blocking that stuff out. Definitely felt good to score in the shootout."
  • On the game, "I thought it was a pretty up and down game, the ice was a little bouncy, I think because of the warm weather. A lot of chances both ways and overall a pretty good hockey game."
  • On Hayes and Nash, "we had a pretty good game, I would say that the second period was probably our best. I know that Rick scored in the first but in the second we were getting more chances and had more attempted shots, I'd say. We had a pretty good game tonight."
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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Jimmy Vesey will play his first NHL game in Nashville tonight.

Vesey was a third round pick of the Predators in 2012 but didn't sign with Nashville, had his rights traded to Buffalo and then signed with the Rangers.

The Predators were holding a spot on their roster for Vesey after he finished at Harvard but Vesey told the team on March 23 that he was intending to test free agency rather than sign in Nashville.

Nashville GM David Poile said that the news was a "shocker" and that up until that phone call in March he "thought for sure" that Vesey would sign with the Preds. (Tennessean)

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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Jimmy Vesey had a career high 7 shots on goal and a career high 8 shot attempts against Chicago on Tuesday night.

Vesey has 11 shots on goal in the past three games since returning from a one game absence due to an upper body injury.

After the game last night, Joe Micheletti said that Vesey's play sent a message to the coaches that he wanted more ice time.

Micheletti said that Vesey played a "big man's game, a courageous game" and went hard to the net and made plays.

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost their third straight game when they fell to the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan McDonagh
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Alain Vigneault and Antti Raanta discuss the Rangers' 5-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Five different New York Rangers scored as they beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan McDonagh
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey is being listed as day to day by Alain Vigneault and will be OUT against the Jets tonight. (Cyrgalis)

Vesey was riding the bike this morning with nothing on his "hand/arm/wrist." (Cyrgalis

He did not practice yesterday and his injury is reportedly unrelated to the slash he took against the Islanders.

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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

12/8/16 | 7:40AM: Vesey's injury is unrelated to a slash he took in the second period against the Islanders, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

12/7/16 | 4:47PM: Alain Vigneault said that Vesey will make the trip but would not confirm if he would play.

Vigneault also said, in a question about Oscar Lindberg, that he had to see if Vesey will be available against the Jets.

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (not pictured) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (not pictured) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Prior to the game against the Blues in early November, Alain Vigneault said that Jimmy Vesey is someone who wants to learn, is confident in his abilities and is almost business like in his approach.

Vigneault added, "He thought NY was the right place for him and we are real happy with that decision and we will try and make him the best player that we can."

Following the game against the Blues, Vigneault said that Vesey has played "exactly" the way that scouts and management told him he could.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:53
Jimmy Vesey, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist discuss the Rangers' 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

Jimmy Vesey and Rick Nash both scored in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:22 CAR Viktor Stalberg; Assists: Matt Tennyson, Joakim Nordstrom
  • 12:55 CAR Stalberg; Assist: Jay McClement

Second period:

  • 9:13 NYR Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 0:24 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nash, Brady Skjei
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey was benched in the third period Wednesday night until moments after the Canucks scored their fourth goal.

Vesey played 5:59 in the first period, 6:50 in the second period and had two shifts in the third period but didn't get on the ice until there was 3:06 left in the game.

He played 2:57 on the power play in the first two periods, had three shots on goal, one shot attempt blocked, one giveaway and one takeaway.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey said that he has adjusted to the speed and pace of the NHL but is still adjusting to the "schedule and grind" that the NHL brings. (NY Post)

Vesey has never played more than 37 games in a season and the college season started in early November and ended in late March. (NY Post)

Last season Vesey played in 33 games and if he doesn't miss any time, Vesey will play in his 33rd game on December 17th, coincidentally in Nashville against the Predators who drafted him. (NY Post)

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Oct 30, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 30, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey has six goals and three assists in his last eight games.

Vesey is the first Ranger since Darren Turcotte in 1989-90 to score six times in the first 10 games and has had multi-point games in three of his last six.

On his recent goal scoring, Vesey said that it's "come out of nowhere" to some degree and that after not getting the bounces in the first few games they are starting to fall.

He credited Alain Vigneault with putting him in a position to succeed with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan and said that playing with those two has been "a treat" and "it's just been so easy to play with them" so far.

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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) checks Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) into the boards during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) checks Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) into the boards during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Jimmy Vesey has 4 goals and 1 assist in his first 8 career NHL games and those four goals have come in the last six games.

He is averaging 15:42 per game with 13 shots on goal, 31 overall shot attempts, 4 hits and 5 takeaways.

Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday 10/25 that Vesey has been "efficient" at both ends of the rink and the reports that he was given from Rangers management was that he was a good two-way player in college.

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Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) prepares to score a goal against Washington Capitals during the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) prepares to score a goal against Washington Capitals during the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jimmy Vesey had two goals in the second period last night, 3 shots overall, 3 shot attempts blocked and 1 hit in 17:19.Vesey told Dave Maloney in the second intermission on MSG that it was good to get rewarded.On the game winner, Vesey said that he thought Karl Alzner might have been tired and at the end of the shift and was able to get a step on him and then go five-hole.

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Washington goalie Braden Holtby reacts after Jimmy Vesey's first goal Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington goalie Braden Holtby reacts after Jimmy Vesey's first goal Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers beat the Caps 4-2 Saturday in Washington.

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#NYR @19Vesey gets his first @NHL goal and his first Broadway Hat!! @nyrangers (@nyrangers on twitter)
#NYR @19Vesey gets his first @NHL goal and his first Broadway Hat!! @nyrangers (@nyrangers on twitter)

On MSG, Vesey said:

  • "Pure joy. I expressed it a little bit on the ice, I think it was two fist pumps. I couldn't be happier to get that one out of the way. To do it in front of our fans, the ovation was awesome and what I dreamed about as a kid."
  • Do you remember the play, "It was an empty net from Step. He suckered the defenseman into thinking that he was shooting and slid it over and I had the whole net. Happy it found the back."
  • "It's important to get it relatively soon but I felt more comfortable on the ice in all three games. It gives me even more confidence. Looking to build off the last two efforts from our line and keep getting better going forward."
  • Hat fit okay, "a little small" (laugh)
  • How do you sense your comfort, "Having the puck in the offensive zone, I'm not really hesitant to make a mistake. Sometimes in the beginning you try not to make a mistake but I am holding onto it more and making more plays and a lot of that is coming from continuing to develop chemistry with my linemates. They have been awesome for me and you saw the play they made for the goal, it's been awesome."
  • On the puck, "I think my dad is at the game so I will send it home with him and hang it up in my house somewhere."

 

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First Period 12:06: NYR: Marc Staal; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello19:02 SJS: Logan Couture; Assists: Joe Pavelski, Joe ThorntonSecond Period4:15 NYR: Rick Nash; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider10:21 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Antti Raanta

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his NHL debut on Thursday, Jimmy Vesey played 13:02 and attempted two shots on goal that both were blocked by Islander defenders.

Vesey skated with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello and played 4:53 in the first, 4:28 in the second and 3:41 in the third with 2:38 on the PP.

Vesey didn't see the ice in the final 6:48 of the game.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Tonight, on a line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey, on a line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello, will make their regular season NHL debuts for the Rangers.Buchnevich said that playing tonight will be a childhood dream come true and that he is understanding English a lot better with the help of his teammates. (NYR)Vesey said today that he is getting into a routine and excited to get the season started. (NYR)He added that he was able to sleep well last night but he expects some first period nerves but after that it's "just another hockey game." (NYR)

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Jimmy Vesey has been named the winner of the "Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award, which is given annually to the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp as selected by the media."

Heading into tonight's game, Vesey has one goal, a minus one rating, 2 PIM, 7 shots on goal and an average of 16:27 in three games.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers need to put young players like Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich into situations where they can be successful.

He said that the two of them are "both good offensive players" and need to be put in positions where they can show the coaches and their teammates "what they can do."

Vigneault said that Vesey wants to prove that he can play at this level and also possess "a great skill set" and is "very determined." (MSG)

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his NHL preseason debut, Jimmy Vesey had three shots on goal, one shot that missed the net and one hit, on the Devils Andy Greene, in 16:33.

Vesey skated with Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes and played 11:13 at even strength, 5:20 on the PP, 4:41 in the first, 6:21 in the second and 5:31 in the third.

Vesey started the game with a breakaway that was stopped by Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood but drew a penalty.

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10:57AM: Mike Morreale writes that Vesey was not intimidated during the tournament and "consistently drove the net" which indicates that he will "do anything" to create a scoring opportunity. (NHL.com)

9:15AM: In four games in Traverse City, Jimmy Vesey led the Rangers with five goals and two assists.

From the Rangers:

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The Rangers were defeated 6-4 by Columbus in the third place game for the Traverse City tournament (Pointstreak)

  • Jimmy Vesey: 2 goals, 5 shots
  • Steven Fogarty: plus two
  • John Gilmour: 2 assists, minus one, 2 shots
  • Ty Ronning: 1 shot, plus one
  • Adam Chapie: plus one
  • Sergey Zborovskiy: 1 shot
  • Boo Nieves: minus one, 1 shot
  • Robin Kovacs: minus three
  • Ryan Gropp: 1 assist, plus one, 1 shot, too man men on the ice penalty
  • Malte Stromwall: minus three
  • Sean Day: 2 goals, 4 shots
  • Pavel Buchnevich: 1 shot
  • Calle Andersson: minus one
  • Brandon Halverson: 13 saves on 18 shots
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The Rangers defeated Minnesota 2-1 today in Traverse City (Pointstreak):

  • Jimmy Vesey: 2 goals, plus two, 5 shots
  • Steven Fogarty: plus one
  • John Gilmour: 1 shot
  • Ty Ronning: 1 shot
  • Adam Chapie: interference and slashing penalties
  • Sergey Zborovskiy: plus one, 3 shots
  • Boo Nieves: 2 assists, plus one, 1 shot
  • Robin Kovacs: 1 shot
  • Malte Stromwall: 1 shot
  • Sean Day: plus one, 1 shot
  • Pavel Buchnevich: plus two
  • Calle Andersson: plus one, 1 shot
  • Tim Gettinger: 2 shots
  • Joseph Raaymakers: 31 saves on 32 shots
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9/16/16 | 1:04PM: Jeff Gorton said, "There has been a little more hype with the free agent frenzy, the ability to get him and add him to our group is exciting to us. We know him as a player real well and are comfortable with him as a person and where he will fit in." (NYR)

9/15/16 | 6:21PM: Jimmy Vesey spoke with the media on Thursday, prior to leaving for Traverse City, and said (NYR):

  • On the tournament, "it will be nice to get to know some of the guys and play four games against good competition. I think it will get us ready for the main camp and I am excited for the weekend."
  • How do you feel physically, "I feel good. I had a big summer in the weight room and skated a good amount and I think I committed myself even more for pro hockey so I am excited about what I can do."
  • Is it nice to just get back to playing, "it was hectic but now I am just focused on playing and helping the organization get to the heights they want to get."
  • Do you feel you have to earn a job, "nothing is given in sports and at the end of the day I still have to go and make the team. It's my first camp and I am definitely looking to turn some heads and earn a roster spot."
  • Do you feel there is a spot on the team for you, "in talking to the Rangers, they thought it was a great fit for me and that they needed me as part of the team. As I said, I won't go in with a mindset that it will be given to me. I still need to earn my spot and that is what I am going to do."
  • Can you contribute at the NHL level right now, "Yea, I think that I can."
  • On outside expectations, "I'm not sure. That stuff is what it is. I try not to read that stuff and worry what others think. I know myself and what I can do, so, just going to focus on myself and control what I can control which is putting out my best effort every night."

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Nashville GM David Poile who drafted and hoped to sign Jimmy Vesey said during the regular season that the Predators had a spot for him waiting in their lineup. (Yahoo)

Poile added that Vesey is "big, strong" and physically ready to play in the NHL. He said that Vesey was "dominant" in college hockey and again reiterated that they believed he could have joined the Predators this past season. (Yahoo)

When the Sabres acquired Vesey's rights, GM Tim Murray said that he has top-six potential, a "complete forward" with a "great" hockey IQ and the ability to shoot the puck and make plays. (Buffalo)

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