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The Rangers need to "man up"

Alain Vigneault said on Saturday, following the Rangers loss to the Flyers, that "right now we all need to man up here." (via the Rangers)

Derick Brassard said that the Rangers need to get back to doing the "little things and trying a little harder, competing and playing for each other." (via the Rangers)

He said that every team goes through a stretch like this and that while the Rangers are being challenged "it's us players that have to answer the bell." (via the Rangers)

Rick Nash said that this is a tough time for the Rangers right now but getting through this drought will make them stronger in the end. (NYR)

Nash added, "I think we looked at it as being pretty serious after one loss. I feel like as good as a team as I know we can be, when you lose one, let alone two, you push the urgency button. Three is not acceptable for a team of our caliber. It's going back to video and figuring out what we need to do to limit scoring chances against and to gain more scoring chances." (Via the Rangers)

Dylan McIlrath's game and what Rick Nash said about him

11/30: Dan Girardi said that McIlrath has done a lot for the Rangers and plays a "good, clean, hard game and he moves the puck very well." (The Record)

He added that a guy like McIlrath is "needed" in the lineup because he "stops the screwing around a little bit" and will hold players on the other team accountable. (The Record)

Larry Brooks writes that there is "no earthly reason" for Alain Vigneault to sit Dylan McIlrath. (NY Post)

11/29: Playing for the second straight game, Dylan McIlrath played 13:09 with 1 shot on goal and 3 hits.

McIlrath had a fight for the second straight game along with a hooking penalty in the third period.

By period, McIlrath played 3:14 in the first period, 4:38 in the second period and 5:17 in the third period.

Derick Brassard said that the best moment of Saturday's game against the Flyers for the Rangers was when Dylan McIlrath "hit the guy."

Rick Nash said of McIlrath, "he's been great - great hit, had a great fight. Yesterday he sticks up for a guy. He's a heart and soul guy. I think it's tough to find these days - guys like him who will stick up for anybody."

Larry Brooks writes that McIlrath was one of the only Rangers to play well on Saturday and that he is only one of six players who has played up to their abilities this season. (NY Post)

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What Mats Zuccarello told a Norwegian paper after yesterday's game

Following yesterday's game against the Flyers, Mats Zuccarello said the following to Norwegian paper Nettavisen:

  • Three bad games in a row and "this is a wake up call. Now we need to get back to work."
  • Every team goes through "weak periods" like this and the Rangers are doing much one on one or dumping the puck down with no momentum.
  • How the Rangers are playing right now is "not good enough."
  • The Rangers need to get back to playing "for each other" and playing together again as a team.
  • The Rangers were "overrun" by the Flyers yesterday.
  • There was no flow for the Rangers, things were bad across the board and the players were "ass" bad.
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What the Bruins said today in their war of words with the Rangers

In response to what Alain Vigneault and Henrik Lundqvist said yesterday about the Bruins comments about Lundqvist from Friday, Claude Julien said today:

  • "I felt Lundqvist sold it." (ESPN)
  • He never questioned the person or player that Lundqvist is, "we all know how good he is as a goaltender, and I know he's a good person." (ESPN)
  • His comments on Lundqvist were about that specific situation. (ESPN)
  • In regards to Alain Vigneault saying he needed to get his eyes checked, Julien said "I'm not the one that compared Beleskey's hit to Rome's, so we'll just leave it at that." (ESPN)

Brad Marchand, in response to Vigneault's question of who you would rather want as a son, Marchand or Lundqvist, said he hasn't spoken to his parents about it but I think they love me, though." (ESPN)

Matt Beleskey said that it was a clean hit and that it's tough to count 0.8 in his head. (ESPN)

He added, "like I said, I don't think he really braced himself for the hit, and that's what resulted in the outcome."(ESPN)

Original Bruins comments | Vigneault's response | Lundqvist's response | Why Beleskey wasn't suspended

John Tortorella called the Penguins whiners....again
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella talks to the media during a press conference following the Game 7 first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series against the Washington Capitals, Monday, May 13, 2013, in Washington. The Rangers won 5-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Last night, Columbus coach John Tortorella said the following about the Pittsburgh Penguins (647 on Youtube):

"It is what is t is. We aren't going to whine here, Pittsburgh can whine. Pittsburgh whines enough for the league so there isn't enough room for any other team to whine."

Former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky was suspended one game for a check to the neck of Sidney Crosby a few days ago and Crosby said that he isn't surprised that if he was to get a shot like that he would get it from Dubinsky. (SAP on Youtube)

In 2012, while coaching the Rangers, John Tortorella called the Penguins "It's one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this kind of stuff all the time and then look what happens. It's ridiculous...they will whine about something else over."

Crosby and then Penguins coach Dan Bylsma responded to Tortorella's comments at the time. 

The Rangers got another good goaltending performance but pretty much nothing else
Nov 28, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Winning Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason (35) defends his net against New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers defeated the Rangers 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Following yesterday's loss to the Flyers, Alain Vigneault said that the team received "another extraordinary goaltending performance. (via the Rangers)

Antti Raanta made 31 saves for the Rangers.

Vigneault continued, "but the rest of our game was absent in the second and the third." (via the Rangers)

The Rangers were out-shot 30 to 14 in the final two periods.

Derick Brassard said that the second "wasn't really a good period," "out energy was kind of low" and "we got out chanced and out competed a little bit." (Via the Rangers)

He said that the message going into the third was to have a better period since the second was "tough to take." (Via the Rangers)

Rick Nash said that the first and third were "ok" periods but in the second "they took it to us the whole period. I don't know the reason for that, but it's got to be fixed for sure." (via the Rangers)

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers can't take a good first period and then assume the rest of the game will come easy to them. (via the Rangers)

Vigneault went on to say, "so we all learn lessons as individuals and teams. I think we got one today and hopefully we'll be good next game." (via the Rangers)

What Henrik Lundqvist said about the Bruins "acting" comments

Henrik Lundqvist said yesterday that he thought the comments from the Bruins on Friday about him were "disrespectful."  (NY Post)

He said that "diving has never been an option" and that he has never done it and won't do it.  (NY Post)

Lundqvist said "I took a hard hit to the head, and your reaction when you get hit from the side when you didn't see anyone coming, of course you're going to down." (NY Post)

He said that he was still suffering on Saturady from soreness in his neck and head from Brad Marchand's knee to the head.  (Ranger Rants)

Alain Vigneault called out Marchand and Bruins coach Claude Julien before Saturday's game.

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What Alain Vigneault said after the game yesterday
Nov 6, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault calls out from the bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters following the Rangers shutout loss to the Flyers (via the Rangers & MSG)

On today's game…"I felt we played a good first period and then in the second and the third Philly was the much better team on the ice. Give them credit, they played a strong game. For whatever reason, our puck management from our end to the other end was having some difficulties. At the end of the day, right now we all need to man up here. I need to get this group to play better and I am very confident that this group knows the right way to play. I am very confident that we have the right leadership in that dressing room. I am very confident that they know we can execute and play a lot better than we are right now, and we are going to have an opportunity to show that on Monday. We are in a sequence of playing five games in a short time and we don't have to dwell a lot on this, we need to move past and focus on the next game."

On the challenges of a season…"During every season, individually and collectively you are challenged mentally, sometimes through your play and sometimes through the demands of the schedule. I feel that this group knows how to respond. Obviously it would be hard to tell by the way we are paying now, but I know they're a very strong group and will have an opportunity to prove that Monday."

On moving forward…"Right now, my only concern is to find the areas that this group needs to be better, find ways to make our players understand that. That's what coaches do - we try to improve areas that need improving and try to continue the right things you're doing. Now there is obviously room for improvement in a few categories."

On Dylan McIlrath, "I mean, I'm not quite sure how to answer that after how we played in the second and the third, how to focus on one player when this is a team game. A lot of our team needs to be better right now."

On the team's recent play…"I would say the honest answer is that for some parts of some games we haven't been as good as we can be. We've probably gotten some of those wins because of extraordinary goaltending. I thought we had another extraordinary goaltending performance today, but the rest of our game was absent in the second and the third. So we all learn lessons as individuals and teams. I think we got one today and hopefully we'll be good next game."

Any update on Stepan, "didn't ask."

Why the NHL didn't suspend Matt Beleskey
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) shoots against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya/AP)

According to Damien Cox, the NHL didn't suspend Matt Beleskey for his hit on Derek Stepan yesterday because the hit occurred .7 seconds after Stepan passed the puck. (Sportsnet)

The NHL threshold for a late hit is .8 seconds.

On MSG today, they showed video that indicated Beleskey's hit occurred 1 second after Stepan moved the puck, .2 seconds past the threshold.

After the game against Boston, Alain Vigneault said "in our opinion, it was a late hit. More than a second, and he was a couple of feet away from the boards. So we'll have to wait and see. I remember Aaron Rome in this building, 0.6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final, so [it will] be interesting to see." (via the Bruins)

Stepan is out indefinitely with two broken ribs.

Kreider says his season is 'about as bad as it can be' so far
Nov 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) battles Boston Bruins center Frank Vatrano (72) during the third period of the Boston Bruins 4-3 win over the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Chris Kreider said that his season so far is "as bad as it can be" and that it's "nobody's fault but my own." (NY Post)

He said that everyone has been supportive of him and his opportunities but "it's on me." (NY Post)

Larry Brooks said that on Saturday Kreider took "about forever" to change out of his hockey pants and that "one by one" teammates walked by and tapped him to show encouragement. (NY Post)

Kreider said that he starts every game with a clean slate but as the game starts little things happen that cause him to second guess himself. (NY Post)

He added, "up until now, I don't think things could have gone any more poorly." (NY Post)

Kreider notes that outside expectations don't bother him and that his own expectations are very high. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: This was supposed to be, and it still can be, "the year" for Kreider who has had expectations almost as big as him since the moment he joined the Rangers. He joined the Rangers as a raw player with loads of talent and after last season looked like he was ready to put his talent, his physical attributes and his his mind together to become an All-Star caliber player. So far it hasn't happened and you can definitely make the case that he has been the most disappointing Ranger so far.

But with Kreider, as was with Rick Nash when he wasn't scoring, so far is the key. There is a lot of time left for Kreider to start working towards being an All-Star caliber player and the matchup nightmare he would be for the other 29 teams. He can't just turn it on though. He needs to get back to chasing after pucks, going to the front of the net and doing the things that made him effective in the past. Once he gets those things straight he can start to build on it. All-Star Chris Kreider won't just appear on Monday night but seeing Chris Kreider of last year would give the Rangers a big boost. That player was up and down the ice in a flash, in front of the net and causing havoc all over. That is the player the Rangers need right now and hopefully if that guy can come through, maybe All-Star Chris Kreider will be waiting when the playoffs start.

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Simmonds, Mason spark Flyers' 3-0 win over Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist and Steve Mason made 24 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 3-0 Saturday.

The shutout was Philadelphia's league-leading fourth this season. Reserve goaltender Michal Neuvirth has Philadelphia's other three shutouts.

Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers, who have won two straight. It was the Flyers' first win at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20, 2011.

Following a strong start to the season, New York has dropped three in a row.

Antti Raanta made 31 saves for the Rangers.

Simmonds' fourth goal of the season opened the scoring 12:24 into the second period.

After Jesper Fast missed on an attempted tip, Philadelphia counterattacked with Matt Read carrying the puck up the ice. Read sent a diagonal cross-ice pass to Simmonds, who skated by Kevin Klein before wristing a quick shot past Raanta.

The goal was Simmonds' first point since Nov. 14.

Philadelphia's lead grew to 2-0 at 3:06 of the third period as Couturier jammed a rebound past Raanta. Couturier's goal was his second of the season. Simmonds added an empty netter in the final minute.

Despite one of its best periods of the season, New York entered the first intermission in scoreless draw. The Rangers outshot the Flyers 10-4 in the first, and played with significant energy.

Dylan McIlrath was a source of that energy for the Rangers.

New York surged when McIlrath hit Nick Schultz in the offensive zone, then had a fight with Luke Schenn. The hit caused Schultz to miss the remainder of the game with an upper body injury.

For coming to the aid of his teammate, Schenn was assessed a minor for instigating, a major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.

The Rangers fired seven shots on goal following McIlrath's hit and subsequent fight, but New York couldn't break through against Mason. The goaltender's biggest save in the period was a lunging stop against Dominic Moore.

New York was unable to generate much after the first period, as Mason only had to make 14 saves in the final 40 minutes. The Flyers finished the game outshooting New York 34-24.

NOTES: New York played its first game without center Derek Stepan, who suffered two broken ribs in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. New York coach Alain Vigneault reinserted Emerson Etem and Viktor Stalberg into the lineup, and had Kevin Hayes center a second line of Etem and Chris Kreider. ... Vigneault said New York would "have a better idea" Sunday how long Stepan will be out. He was scheduled to see a doctor Saturday. ... Philadelphia scratched Sam Gagner, Vincent Lecavalier and Brandon Manning. Dan Boyle was New York's lone scratch.

What Alain Vigneault said about Claude Julien and Brad Marchand today

Following yesterday's game against Boston, Bruins coach Claud Julien and Brad Marchand made comments about Henrik Lundqvist diving and acting during the third period.

In response to those comments, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said today that he was disappointed in the comments when told of them by Rangers PR. (Daily News)

He said that "everybody saw the knee to the head" and that the comments about Hank were "very inappropriate." (Daily News)

In talking about the kind of person Lundqvist is and the example he sets, Vigneault said "who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand?" (Daily News)

On Julien, Vigneualt said "probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight." (Daily News)

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Dylan McIlrath will play for the second straight game today when the Rangers play the Flyers. (Zipay)

Emerson Etem will move up to the second line with Chris Kreider on LW and Kevin Hayes at center. (Zipay)

Viktor Stalberg returns to the lineup on the fourth line and the JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast line is staying together. (Zipay)

Emerson Etem's game yesterday for the Rangers

Emerson Etem was a minus one in 13:31 yesterday with 2 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt that was blocked, 1 hit and 3 takeaways.

Etem played 4:54 in the first, 4:05 in the second and 4:30 in the third.

Etem was on the ice late in the third with the score tied and David Krejci's game winning goal ticked off of his stick and changed direction to beat Henrik Lundqvist.

Dan Girardi said that Etem was trying to do the right thing and block the shot on the fourth goal but it hit his stick and went past Lundqvist. (Via the Bruins)

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Dylan McIlrath's game yesterday and his role protecting teammates
Nov 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) fights with Boston Bruins left wing Matt Beleskey (39) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Dylan McIlrath was a plus one in 10:04 last night with 17 minutes in penalties.

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

By period, McIlrath played:

  • First Period: 4:54
  • Second Period: 1:49
  • Third Period: 3:21

In the second period McIlrath fought Matt Beleskey, after his hit on Derek Stepan, and was assessed 5 minutes for fighting, two minutes for instigator and a 10 minute misconduct.

Alain Vigneault said that McIlrath was right there, saw it was a late hit and "stepped in" to protect a teammate. (Via the Bruins)

Dan Girardi said that McIlrath was just playing his game and "if a guy is going to make a hit like that, he is going to hold them accountable. He did a great job there sticking up for his teammate."(Via the Bruins)

McIlrath said that it was important for him to stand up for a teammate and that while he doesn't want to take the penalty, he won't let the instigator stop him. (NY Post)

Ryan McDonagh said that McIlrath did the right thing and McIlrath said that all of his teammates, including Derek Stepan, appreciated it. (NY Post)

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The Rangers on yesterday's game and needing to be better
Nov 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers (left to right) goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), defenseman Kevin Klein (8), center Jarret Stoll (26) and defenseman Marc Staal (18) react after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the third period of the Boston Bruins 4-3 win over the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that the Rangers played a "real strong" game and were in control until they took a penalty when up 3-2. (via the Bruins)

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers did some "pretty good things" on the forecheck and forced turnovers which was a "good sign. (via the Bruins)

Brassard said that he thought this was one of the Rangers "strongest games" in a while and everyone was "on the same page, we competed hard, special teams were good. The last three minutes there just killed us. "

Asked what happened in the third, Brassard said that he would let Vigneault answer that question so that he doesn't "say anything bad. (via the Bruins)

Chris Kreider said that the Rangers corrected things from the Montreal game but still have a lot to work on. (via the Bruins)

Kreider also noted that the Rangers followed up their only other back to back regulation losses of the season with a 13 game point streak. (via the Bruins)

Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers had a lot of "good things" in their game that they need to bring to today's game against the Flyers. (via the Bruins)

Lundqvist added, "for some reason in the last few games we have been losing our structure a little bit under pressure, especially in the last five minutes and it's something that has been our strength I think so we just need to get back to that." (via the Bruins)

Dan Girardi said, "what we have been good at the last three or four years is doing that and then playing our system well. That's tough to see when we play one of the better games we have in the last couple weeks, we don't get the result but you know just a couple little pucks squirting out to them and we just can't get there in time. "(via the Bruins)

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What Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers loss to Boston
Oct 15, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault spoke with the media following the Rangers loss to Boston (via the Bruins):

On the hit on Derek Stepan…In our opinion, it was a late hit. More than a second, and he was a couple of feet away from the boards. So we'll have to wait and see. I remember Aaron Rome in this building, 0.6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final, so [it will] be interesting to see. Step [Derek Stepan] broke some ribs, so he'll be out indefinitely.

On if Dylan McIlrath did the right thing despite getting an instigator penalty…I mean he was right there, and he probably saw was a late hit, stepped in, and protected a teammate that was probably in a vulnerable position.

On the Rangers playing better today than in Wednesday's loss to Montreal…I thought for the most part we played real strong. At 3-2, we've got control of this game, and then there was that penalty called. I'm not going to comment on the penalty. There's a lot of stuff going on on the ice, but obviously when they tied it up, the momentum shifted their way, and they were able to score the winning goal.

On why he didn't challenge the Bruins' first goal…[Video Coach] Jerry [Dineen] and the guys upstairs were saying that Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] was a little bit outside the blue, and his stick was outside the blue, so when [Brad] Marchand went through and touched his stick, it was because he was outside the blue. And I asked both referees at the beginning of the period, if they had seen the play. They said yes, and they both told me, at that time, they wouldn't have overruled. But who knows.

On what he thought of Brad Marchand's collision with Henrik Lundqvist…Well the referees called it. They're supposed to protect the goaltenders. I don't know if that's why we got a penalty after that, but who knows.

On if he knows how he'll replace Derek Stepan while he's injured…We're going to talk about that on the way home here. We've got another game tomorrow, so we'll focus on that and go from there.

Derek Stepan has broken ribs and is out indefinitely
(AP Photo/Paul Battaglia) (PAUL BATTAGLIA/AP)

11/28 | The Rangers have confirmed that Stepan has broken two ribs and will see the doctor today to determine a timeline. (NYR)

11/27 | 7:32PM: No supplemental discipline is expected. (LeBrun)

7:38PM: Ryan McDonagh said after the game, "Steps is one of the smartest players I have ever seen, usually he knows he's getting hit so something must not have been right about it." (via the Bruins)

5:17PM: Beleskey said: "I just think he didn't think I was gonna hit him. He kind of didn't brace himself. I didn't take any extra strides or anything like that. Maybe, maybe, a little bit late. But he saw me coming, I came from the front. So it's unfortunate that - I think I just saw he's injured, so hopefully he's all right." (Via the Bruins)

4:23PM: Vigneault said on ESPN Radio, "In our opinion it was a late hit, more than a second and he was a couple of feet away from the boards. I remember in this building, Aaron Rome .6 seconds late getting suspended four games in the SCF. Step broke some ribs so he will be out indefinitely."

4:14PM: Alain Vigneault announced after today's loss to Boston that Derek Stepan has suffered broken ribs as a result of the hit from Matt Beleskey. (NYR)

Vigneault said that Stepan is out indefinitely. (NYR)

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Adam Rotter: Well, this is brutal news for the Rangers. Stepan is so important in so many different areas and you could see in the third period how out of sorts things can be without Stepan. It looked like a late hit and the frustrating part is that Beleskey goes unpenalized on the play. McIlrath deserved the instigator he was given and did the right thing by standing up for Stepan, but how Beleskey's late/dangerous hit goes unpenalized is bothersome. It hurt the Rangers in the game and will hurt them in the short term and for however long he is out.

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Claude Julien calls out Henrik Lundqvist for "acting"
Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

5:221PM: Lundqvist said Well there is no question that, that is a penalty. Obviously he is a player that plays around the net like that, he's physical but that's a situation where you are very vulnerable as a goalie, when you have your neck out like that, it's a blind hit, that's what it is a blindside hit but you know it happens, I'm not going to overreact, they got the penalty and I'm fine with that. (Via the Bruins)

5:17PM: Marchand said, "I mean he must have gotten hit with a cement block the way he went down - I didn't know I was that strong. But you know it's tough when it seems like they don't call goalies on that one, maybe they should. There's a lot of that around the league and…but again the last one might have been a little soft too. So it was good that they made up for that." (Via the Bruins)

In response to being asked about Julien's comments that Lundqvist is an actor, Marchand said "Yeah it was you know? It was tough to watch him go down like that. You see the replay and it's pretty blatant how quick he went down. I was looking for the sniper upstairs but it was good that we still got the win."

4:04PM: During his post game press conference, Bruins coach Claude Julien said the following about Henrik Lundqvist (via the Boston Bruins):

"I think this was the second time, in preseason [Henrik] Lundqvist did the same thing. I know he does some acting on the side but I don't think it needs to be on the ice. Referees are there to protect goaltenders and they should. Goaltenders shouldn't take advantage of referees and you know, you may think it's a good play for his team to get a power play, but we're all trying to get that out of our game. If my guys do that I'm going to address it. I'm not hypocritical about that. We're trying to improve the game here. Anyways enough of that said, more than anything else I think is the way we bounced back, whether it's karma or whether its character whatever it is, I liked our effort tonight."

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Adam Rotter: There is no doubt that Lundqvist sold some of this hit from Marchand, but Marchand made contact with him which should be enough to draw the penalty. Lundqvist, as was noted by Pierre McGuire and Eddie O earlier in the game, probably felt he needed to embellish a little after goalie interference wasn't called on the first Bruins goal. This isn't a unique thing for Lundqvist, this happens all over the league. You see what the refs give you early and make adjustments to help your team later.

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Derek Stepan will not return today

Derek Stepan will not return to today's game for the Rangers.

Stepan took a hit from Matt Beleskey in the second period and was slow to get up.

He took five shifts after being hit by Beleskey. In the game Stepan played 5:10 in the first and 4:24 in the second.

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7:35PM: Vigneault said after the game, "[Video Coach] Jerry [Dineen] and the guys upstairs were saying that Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] was a little bit outside the blue, and his stick was outside the blue, so when [Brad] Marchand went through and touched his stick, it was because he was outside the blue. And I asked both referees at the beginning of the period, if they had seen the play. They said yes, and they both told me, at that time, they wouldn't have overruled. But who knows." (Via the Bruins)

3:56PM: Marchand spoke with Pierre McGuire after the game and said:

On Boston's first goal, "We want to go to the net hard and try to get traffic. Clearly wasn't goalie interference because they counted it."

On his penalty in the third, "I thought it was a bit of a weak call. He was out of the crease, lightly gets touched, acts like he gets shot out there."

2:42PM: During his chat with Pierre McGuire in the second period, Alain Vigneault was asked if he thought about challenging the Bruins first goal.

Vigneault said, "we looked at it and thought that Hank was just a little bit outside the blue and his stick was in the white paint. I discussed it prior to the second with the refs and they said they wouldn't have overruled it. Probably made the right move by not contesting it."

Henrik Lundqvist knows that he has to be better than he was last night

11/27/15: Lundqvist said on Thursday that Wednesday's game was "very disappointing" and that he hates the feeling of losing and giving up a lot of goals. (NY Post)

He said that the way Montreal played out makes him want to win even more. (NY Post)

Lundqvist said that the last few games have been "intense" and featured a lot of scoring chances against him. He added though that he has enough time to recharge between games. (NY Post)

11/26/15: Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals Wednesday night against Montreal and said that against a good team you need to play your best "and I didn't." (MSG)

Lundqvist said that the third goal was what "killed" the Rangers and caused him to lose some focus, leading to him giving up a "really bad one" to Montreal for their fourth goal.

On the game, Lundqvist said "I felt pretty good for two periods but that third goal was a bit of a letdown and for some reason I lost the attention to details there."

It was the first time Lundqvist has allowed at least five goals in a game since he allowed six in back-to-back games against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final last season.

It was the first time in the regular season that he has allowed at least five goals since facing Tampa on 12/1/14.

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The Rangers on fixing what went wrong against Montreal

Following Wednesday's loss to Montreal, Dan Girardi said that the Rangers "just need to find a way that when things aren't going good, we just have to play together." (NYR Game Notes)

He said that against Montreal the defense and forwards were too far apart on the ice and everyone was out of sync which is "very unlike us." (NYR Game Notes)

Derek Stepan said that the Rangers have been in a "rut" the last few games and not hitting on "all cylinders." He said that the Rangers need to "grab hold" of this now and not let it linger too long. (The Record)

Marc Staal said that losing puts the players one edge which can be a good thing. (NY Post)

Girardi added, "even though over the last little bit, we haven't been playing the best but we've been getting the wins. It's never been like this where we are a step behind, a little in between, indecisive and it was like that all over the ice. We have to figure out how we can correct that and we get right back at it. We have a lot of hockey coming up in the next week and we have to get our A game back here and get it going." (NYR Game Notes)

The Rangers on what went wrong for them last night

Following the game last night, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers "didn't answer the bell" for the challenge that was in front of them.

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers defense got "a little rattled at times" and were frustrating by being forced into giveaways by the Montreal pressure. (MSG)

Dan Girardi said that it's the "same story" against Montreal in that they force the Rangers into mistakes and then make them pay. (NYR Game Note)

Girardi said that everyone was out of sync, a step behind and "indecisive" with the puck. (NYR Game Notes)

He added, "we were almost there, but we were not; the puck is going down and we are almost getting to it. It comes down to making good passes with the puck. If it's not there we have to take a page out of their book [Montreal] and we have to go off the glass." (NYR Game Notes)

Joe Micheletti said that the Rangers got "schooled" by a team that was quick, forced them into mistakes and had them leave the net open in front. (MSG)

Dave Maloney said that the Rangers had been walking the edge on defense recently and spent the night chasing the puck. (MSG)

Rick Nash said that Montreal is fast bu the Rangers have the game plan to beat them. He added though that the "guys on the ice haven't achieved it." (The Record)

What Alain Vigneault said after the game
Oct 15, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Habs and said:

  • On the game, "I thought that for the first two periods we were pretty good. Had a strong push in the second period, made it 2-1, spent a lot of time in their end. Had a feeling that there was something in-between Price, we didn't know if they would make a change or not, but they did. We see their backup goalie at the start of the third and should be continuing our push and instead we put two pucks right on their tape that end up right in the back of our net."
  • "They are such a highly skilled team, I don't think many teams in this league have a third line center like Desharnais, their D move the puck so well, when you make the type of mistakes that we made tonight, they are gonna make you pay for it and that is what happened."
  • "Once they made it 4 or 5-1 I don't think we were as intense as we were, but the first two periods, even down by two, we were battling and trying."
  • "We didn't answer the bell for the challenge that we had tonight. We will have a good practice tomorrow and then get ready for Boston."
Canadiens beat Rangers 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) When star goalie Carey Price was removed at the start of the third period, the Montreal Canadiens responded with goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk in the opening 1:29 and beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Smith-Pelley scored twice for Montreal. Sven Andrighetto and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, who have handed the Rangers (16-4-2) two of their four losses in regulation this season.

Price stopped 22 shots in the first two periods and was replaced at the start of the third by Mike Condon in a 2-1 game. There was no immediate announcement in the press box about why Price left the game.

Price was the NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner last season as the league's top goalie.

Rick Nash scored for the Rangers in their largest loss of the season. New York had won nine in a row at home and 11 of 12 overall.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was lifted after Pacioretty's power-play goal made it 5-1.

The Canadiens (17-4-2) made sure Condon never felt the pressure of a close game at Madison Square Garden. Smith-Pelly scored his second of the night and third of the season from in close off a nice feed by Tomas Plekanec, who had three assists.

Galchenyuk scored on a bad-angle shot that Lundqvist misplayed in helping Montreal move into first place in the conference.

The Canadiens were clearly the better team for the first half of the game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring early in the first and second.

Andrighetto, recalled from St. John's last week, put Montreal ahead 4:45 after the opening faceoff with his first goal this season and third of his career. Lars Eller deflected a point shot by P.K. Subban and the puck went to a wide-open Andrighetto for a shot into the net before Lundqvist could get across.

Smith-Pelly got his first at 2:25 of the second period. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi got his stick on a pass around the back of the Rangers' net by Plekanec, but it only slowed the puck down. Pacioretty got the puck and quickly sent it in front to a wide-open Smith-Pelly for a point-blank shot past Lundqvist.

Nash, who has five goals in the last three games, got the Rangers on the board by deflecting Ryan McDonagh's shot for a power-play goal at 17:42 of the second.

NOTES: Before the game, Montreal general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin was given a multiyear contract extension through the 2021-22 season. ... Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin returned to the lineup after missing five games with lower-body injury. D Greg Pateryn sat out. ... Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath and forward Emerson Etem were healthy scratches. ... Plekanec has assists in four straight games.

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What Henrik Lundqvist said after the game

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Habs and said:

Did you see this kind of a game coming, "hard to say. What killed us was the third goal, it felt like we were slowly coming back into the game to get the momentum and I could feel that I lost my focus a bit when they scored right away for the third one and then I gave up a really bad one for the fourth one. They are good at finding that groove right in front of the net, if you look at the goals that is where they scored. They get there and pass the puck well. You need to be on your toes playing against them and to beat a really good team you need to play your best, starting with me and I didn't. The third period was far from where it needs to be. Just move on here."

On moving on, "you have to realize that the game, when you do make mistakes, especially as a goalie that the result cane be pretty bad like this one. The combo, I need to be on my toes, as a group we need to be on our toes playing against a really good team and it's not gonna be a good result. You should not overthink this one, go to practice tomorrow and get ready for a big weekend here. I know I have to be better. I felt pretty good for two periods but that third goal was a bit of a let down and for some reason I lost the attention to details there."

Was it a jolt to the confidence, " I can only speak for myself, I am extremely disappointed to give up five goals. You work hard to play a good game all the time but they took advantage, they found room in front of the net and as a goalie if you aren't on your toes it's a tough play to stop. I have been feeling good lately and hopefully just a bump in the road, back to practice tomorrow and get ready for a big week."

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Rangers and Habs battle in Eastern Conference showdown
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

(AP) -- Two of the NHL's best goaltenders are expected to face off Wednesday night when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers seek their 10th consecutive home win at the expense of reigning Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price at Madison Square Garden in a showdown of Eastern Conference co-leaders.

Lundqvist stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in six starts Monday night, beating Nashville 3-0 for his league-leading 12th win. The 2012 Vezina winner was at his best in the first period, helping New York (16-3-2) kill off 7:21 worth of short-handed play while being outshot 14-3 in the opening 20 minutes.

"Going into every game I don't expect us to play perfect for 60 minutes," Lundqvist told the league's official website. "As a goalie you need to be there when your team is not on their toes, like tonight taking some penalties early. But the fun part is once I take care of my part I know they're going to get going. It's a fun way to win games when you help each other out."

The nine-game home win streak is tied for second-longest in franchise history, and the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers are now chasing the club mark of 14 established in the 1939-40 season. During this home streak, Lundqvist is 6-0-0 with a 1.17 goals-against average while helping New York kill off 25 of its opponents' 26 power plays.

Rick Nash followed his Saturday night hat trick with a first-period goal Monday. That two-game total was double his output from the first 17 as he tries to rediscover his 42-goal form from 2014-15.

"I think after you score a few goals you feel better with the puck," Nash said. "It was a long stretch where I was getting frustrated and couldn't score."

Nash hasn't scored a goal off Price since 2010, including a 3-0 road loss Oct. 15 when Price got the better of Lundqvist with 25 saves. Lundqvist stopped 29 shots in his fifth loss in his last six regular-season starts between the teams.

Price has backstopped Montreal (16-4-2) to a home-and-home sweep of the New York Islanders after missing nine games due to a lower-body injury. He made 21 stops in a 4-2 win Sunday when Alex Galchenyuk snapped a 2-all tie with 3:29 remaining.

The netminder has dominated the Rangers in the regular season of late, winning his last four starts against them and going 7-1-0 with a 0.37 GAA and five shutouts in his last eight.

Sunday's win came at a steep cost for the Habs, who lost Brendan Gallagher to two fractured fingers on his left hand after blocking a shot. Gallagher, tied for third on the team with 19 points, underwent surgery Monday and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

"It's a big loss. He's a big part of the success of this hockey team," coach Michel Therrien said following practice Tuesday. "... We lost Price for a period of time, but for me, it's not an excuse for not having success."

Devante Smith-Pelly, who missed Sunday's win with a lower-body injury, practiced on the first line with Max Pacioretty and center Tomas Plekanec on Tuesday. Plekanec has gone six games without a goal but does have five assists in that span. Pacioretty has four goals and five assists in his last eight.

Montreal's power play appears poised to challenge New York's stout penalty kill, converting 3 of 5 chances Sunday after failing to cash in on 14 opportunities in its previous four games.

What Michel Therrien and Max Pacioretty said about the Rangers
Nov 16, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) moves the puck during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Max Pacioretty said this morning that tonight should be an "entertaining" game between two teams that play similar, don't give up much defensively and use their speed to transition. (MTL)

Pacioretty said that their focus will be on taking away Henrik Lundqvist's eyes and that "the only way to beat him is if he doesn't see it." (MTL)

Lars Eller said that he expects a high pace game with not a lot of room on the ice. (MTL)

Eller added, "they were a good team then, they are a good team now." (MTL)

Asked about Alain Vigneault saying that the Habs "schooled the Rangers in their first meeting, "Montreal coach Michel Therrien said, "I know Alain really, really well. Yes, we played a solid game, it was a close game bu tonight will be a different game. Two good hockey teams with similar styles, got a lot of speed, good defense and good goaltending." (MTL)

Therrien added that tonight is a "huge, huge test and "the thing that I saw, Lundqvist makes a big difference every night." (MTL)

What Alain Vigneault said before the Rangers game against Montreal
Nov 7, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters prior to the Rangers game against Montreal (NYR)

  • On playing MTL again, "like I mentioned after that game, we got a lesson in hockey. In that particular game we didn't generate four chances 5 on 5. Price had to make a couple of saves on the 5 on 3 and I think one tough save 5 on 5 but other than that we didn't test him. They were the better team and we have moved on from that time, have another opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the league. I am sure Michel is telling you that we are one of the best, if not the best, so I am going to counter that by saying they are real good too and it should be a good game tonight."
  • On finding ways to win, "I think lately, talking about the last two specifically, our puck management needs to be a bit better, if we are a bit better and a bit quicker north/south, we will generate the opportunities and spend the time that we need to spend in the oppositions end and create the chances that we need to create. There is no doubt that we can be better in that area, we are very aware of it and are working on it."
  • On Keith Yandle, "He has given us big points at big moments. Puck moving defenseman, I don't think his defensive game, as some people project, is a liability. He has played well for us defensively. He isn't an overly physical defenseman but he has good stick on stick, stays on the right side of his check. He sees the ice and you need to give him some latitude, he sees things out there that not everyone sees. Sometimes it will look good, sometimes it will make me a little edgy behind the bench but you gotta give players who have that skill level some latitude to make those plays."
  • More on Yandle, "everything is game related. If we are in a tie game and in the last minute of a period, or last 5 minutes of the game, you expect him to play with the score a bit and use common sense, which Keith does, but there are some other moments where it's time to open it up and maybe take a higher risk play that might be able to pay off and help your team win a game."
  • On Derick Brassard, "I split those guys up for 5 games for a while but there is no doubt that when together they read off each other real well and they have good net presence, Nasher or Mats, Brass is sort of the pivot guy who can find the open space and make the plays and passes that usually generate the quality chances. 3 guys, in my mind, who are playing well as far as generating opportunities and getting on the scoresheet but playing well defensively."

The Rangers will use the same lineup that they did on Monday against Nashville when they take on Montreal tonight at MSG. (Pickens)

Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath will be the scratches.

The lines will be (Gross):

  • Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
  • Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll, Viktor Stalberg

Henrik Lundqvist will be in net.

The Rangers on playing perfect, finding ways to win and getting better

Dan Boyle said that the Rangers haven't been "thrilled" with the way they have been playing but are "certainly happy" with their record.

He said that some nights one line carries them and on other nights in the goaltending but "at the end of the day it's about the two points."

Boyle added, "come April, May, June, people aren't going to care about how you won that game in November or December. Nobody cares about that. You've gotta find a way to win, and I think that's what this team has done real well. (

Henrik Lundqvist said that he doesn't expect the Rangers to play a perfect game and added that he'd rather "just find away to win than play perfect and not win. so I think we're all happy with this." (NY Post)

Derek Stepan said that at times the Rangers have played well and at other times Henrik Lundqvist has carried them. He added, "the combination of the two seems to be finding our way here." (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said after the game on Monday, "our best player is our goalie. Obviously we rely a lot on him and are trying to improve other areas of our game. They are going to get better, there is no doubt in my mind."

The Rangers will not apologize for having Henrik Lundqvist and good goaltending
Nov 23, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Nashville Predators during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots on Monday, Alain Vigneault said "we are not going to apologize for good goaltending." (MSG)

Dave Maloney said that the understatement of the night on Monday was how good Henrik Lundqvist was.

Darren Dreger said on TSN690 on Tuesday that Lundqvist's game has never been better.

He added, on TSN 1050 on Tuesday, "I checked on the Rangers last week with a couple of sources and they said that Henrik is playing as well or better than they have ever seen. That is a pretty significant statement."

Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 on Tuesday that Lundqvist was "all world" on Monday and "that is bad news for the Eastern Conference."

Pierre said that he doesn't anticipate Lundqvist slowing down and said that he came into camp lighter, in tremendous condition and is getting help from the Rangers defense.

Henrik Lundqvist is really happy that Rick Nash has started scoring
Jan 31, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with left wing Rick Nash (61) after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Rick Nash scored his fourth goal in the past two games against Nashville and said on MSG that he is starting to feel better with the puck.

Nash said that with his recent play he was looking for a pass on his 3 on 1 but looked up and said that he couldn't pass up "a wide open blocker side." (MSG)

After the game, on MSG, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about Nash and said "I'm so happy for him. He has been working so hard and doing so many good things, as a goal scorer you want to score goals. I can already tell in practice this morning, the way he was shooting the puck and around the net, he is hungry and I am just happy for him. He deserves it with how he has been working and making so many good plays. Now the goals are coming so it's great to see."

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Dan Boyle is planning to retire at the end of the season

11/24/15: Boyle said that he is "pretty firm" that this will be his last season but he won't make an official decision until the end of the season. (

Boyle said that mentally it's starting to become a challenge for him but that with so much of this season left, he doesn't want to think about it that much. (

11/19/15 | Dan Boyle said that "nothing is for sure" but that he is leaning towards retirement at the end of the season. (North Jersey)

He said that it's not something physical that has him leaning towards retirement but more of a mental issue and not wanting to be away from his kids as they grow up. (North Jersey)

Boyle has two young daughters and said that at a "certain point" you don't want to miss anymore of them growing up. (North Jersey)

Boyle is in the final year of a two-year contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million.

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How Kevin Hayes played after being moved to wing
Nov 23, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Predators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Last night, Kevin Hayes had a goal, an assist and 2 shots on goal in 14:47.

Hayes was moved up to play RW with Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan and played 13:42 with Kreider and 11:13 with Stepan. When on the ice with both players, in all situations, the Rangers had 50% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)

Hayes only played 2:56 in the first period, due to Nashville PPs but 5:49 in the second and 6:02 in the third.

Ron Duguay said that playing in the middle wasn't working for Hayes and that he "needed something" and it "paid off." (MSG)

Dave Maloney said on MSG after the game that Hayes is still a young player in the league and that if you are going to play in the middle you need to process things quickly.

Maloney mentioned that there are times when Hayes has the puck and nothing comes of the chance while he is at center. (MSG)

The topic of where to play Hayes was talked about on The Rangers Blue Line Podcast

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There have been no talks with Keith Yandle about an extension

11/24/15: Nothing is brewing between the two sides and it's likely that they will wait until after the season to discuss a possible contract extension. (ESPN Insider)

Former assistant GM Frank Provenzano has Yandle signing a four-year deal with a cap hit of $6.5 million. (ESPN Insider)

11/11/15 Keith Yandle's agent said that he has not had any discussions with the Rangers about a possible contract extension. (NY Post)

He added that as far as he is concerned there is no deadline for an extension to be done by. Yandle's agent said that Keith likes it in New York and his entire focus is on having a good year and trying to win. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that there is no indication the Rangers will move Yandle if an extension isn't signed by the trade deadline. (NY Post)

Brooks adds that it would "defy logic" for the Rangers to invest up to $5.5 million for Yandle with left defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal already signed to long-term deals. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Yandle won't be traded at the deadline. He was brought in last year to be a hired gun to help the Rangers win and they won't risk making the team worse just because he isn't signed. Yandle's future will be determined in the offseason but unless he kicks things up a few notches and turns into a Brian Leetch type point producer it's hard to see the Rangers being able to bring him back. With Brady Skjei likely ready to assume a role next season on the third pair, at a fraction of the price, Yandle would either need to take a major pay cut to stay or play at a level where the Rangers can't afford to let him go.

The first two periods for the Rangers last night and then a much better third
Nov 23, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as defenseman Keith Yandle (93) checks Nashville Predators center Cody Hodgson (11) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Predators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Through two periods last night the Rangers were out-shot 25-7, out-attempted 62-21 but led 1-0.

The Rangers were shorthanded 3 times (8 minutes because of a double minor) in the final 10 minutes of the first period and once in the second period.

In the third period, with a 1-0 lead, the Rangers scored twice, out-shot Nashville 12-6 and out-attempted them 20 to 13.

Henrik Lundqvist said after the game, "maybe they were the better team for two periods but we found a way again, going to the third we talked about playing our best period and we did. It's a great feeling when you don't get hurt, find a way to stay alive and then take care of business in the third."

Alain Vigneault said after the game, "when the game was on the line in the third we played our best period. In the third we had some good decisions and scored some key goals and found a way to get two points."

Vigneault added, "in the second we are trying to get going and find our legs but it's tough when guys have only played 4-5 shifts. In the third, we talked about going out and playing the right way and we did."

He added, "our best player is our goalie. Obviously we rely a lot on him and are trying to improve other areas of our game, they are going to get better, there is no doubt in my mind."


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