Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over the Oilers:
- On the Hayes line, "They were protecting the puck. They were making the right plays against a team that had a lot of back pressure in that neutral zone and their D standing up. You have to make the right plays with the puck and they played a real strong game. I played them good portions of the game against their top two lines and I thought they did a real good job for us all night long."
- On the game, "Every game is different and for whatever reason it was a little tougher finding our execution to find our speed, to get through the neutral zone. You gotta give them a lot of credit and they started off real well. It came to a point with about 7 minutes left in the second where I though I had to shorten the bench a little bit and that the nine forwards had a little bit more as far as jump and execution. It wasn't our best game, it was a character win, we were done three times, we came back, found a way to win with less than two minutes to go. It's about winning games and that is what we did tonight."
- On shortening the bench, "it came to a point, I didn't eliminate those guys but I cam to a point with about 7 minutes left and went with nine forwards a little bit more. Both Jimmy, Mika and Kreids played a few shifts in the third. All games are different and tonight I felt that I needed to shorten it up and I felt that those nine guys were just giving us a little more. Sometimes it's going to be that way."
- On Rick Nash, "There is no doubt that this year he has a jump to his game right out, step out of the corners, step to going to the front of the net and tonight he was one of our strongest two-way players, like Hayes' line, like Zuccy backchecking real hard. With that speed, I don't want to say that they surprised us a bit but they had some real good speed and jump. There is no doubt that Nasher is right now going to the tough areas, that is how he scored that goal, that is how Grabs scored his goal, that is how Hayes got on that rebound. If you want to score you gotta go to the tough areas."
- On Michael Grabner, "There is no doubt that one of the reasons we brought him on board was to improve our PK and also have that speed shorthanded and 5 on 5. Ever since that line was put together they have probably been our most productive line and I think a lot of it has to do with decision making with the two other guys and Grabs' speed probably scares the opposition a little bit."
- On shortening the bench, "It depends on the game. We are on a stretch of 4 in 6 nights and you gotta play your bench and you gotta make sure that the guys have the juice and the energy that is needed to be able to perform. Tonight I just felt that I needed to shorten the bench."
- On Brady Skjei ."He is coming along real well. Seeing the ice better than he was and making the right plays, skating the puck out of trouble, that is one of his best assets, when he feels pressure or under duress he can skate it out of trouble. There is no doubt that after an average training camp he has picked up his game."