Penguins 5, Rangers 2 … post-game notes, with Vigneault AUDIO


Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Penguins 5, Rangers 2.

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AUDIO: Alain Vigneault’s post-game remarks, courtesy of the Penguins:


Team notes:

–        The Rangers continued a five-game road trip tonight with a 5-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center, in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

–        The Blueshirts are now 20-20-2 overall (42 pts), including a 12-10-0 mark on the road this season.

–        New York out-shot Pittsburgh, 35-28, including a 27-19 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in nine of the last 11 games, and hold a 365-301 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have posted 30 or more shots in 11 of the last 15 games.

Player notes:

–        Mats Zuccarello notched a goal, recorded his 30th point of the season with an assist, and was credited with three hits in 17:53 of ice time. He has tallied 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in the last 20 games, including nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last eight, and has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in four games on the Rangers current five-game road trip. Zuccarello is now tied for the team lead with 10 goals, and leads the team with 20 assists and 30 points this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh registered a goal, three shots, and two hits in a game-high, 24:03 of ice time. He has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in four games on the Rangers current five-game road trip, and is now tied for sixth among NHL defensemen with seven goals this season. McDonagh’s seven goals are tied for his career-high, which he set during the 2011-12 season.

–        Derick Brassard tallied one assist, was credited with two hits, and won 10-20 faceoffs (50%) in 16:31 of ice time. He has recorded a point in six of the last eight games, registering eight points (one goal, seven assists) over the span, and now ranks fifth on the team with 16 assists and is tied for fifth with 22 points this season.

–        Benoit Pouliot registered an assist and two takeaways in 16:12 of ice time. He has tallied a point in 10 of his last 13 games, registering 10 points (five goals, five assists) over the span.

–        Dan Girardi recorded an assist, three shots, and two hits in 23:24 of ice time. He has notched a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in four games on the Rangers’ current five-game road trip.

–        Ryan Callahan tied for the team-high with four hits in 14:42 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the last nine games with a sprained MCL sustained on Dec. 10 vs. Nashville. He ranks fourth on the team with 74 hits, despite missing 17 games to injury this season.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and is now 12-16-2 overall, including a 7-7-0 mark on the road this season.

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  1. Rob in Beantown on

    This team is not almost there. Time to blow it up. Fire Sather. Fire Vigneult. Trade everyone except for McDonagh. Make McD the captain and build a new team around him.

  2. Next up, Mamaroneck High School. Mamaroneck is home, so they’re favored.

    Does AV’s chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?

    AV: “I thought we played pretty good. They got a fortunate bounce on that first power play.” Send him to DisneyWorld with a boatload of gum.

    I’d rather lose #19 for six weeks before #15 just for grit’s sake.

    Overlooked: Something of a Gordie Howe trick for liver lips.

    On return to MSG, they should scratch “You Are So Beautiful” and play Tiny Tim’s ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips.’

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Staal and Norris Sweater Tug with rough nights though not helped by their forward mates

  4. from ‘The Weekly Standard’:

    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a small business to potentially supply the federal agency with a chewing gum tester. Despite the frivolous sounding nature of the announcement, the search is a serious one, and apparently a growing need. Chewing gum-based pharmaceuticals (such as nicotine gum) are already in use in the United States, and the FDA is looking for a way to measure the dosage and delivery (dissolution) of the medication in such products.

    Slats, take note.

  5. Kreider looked like he was about to get rag-dolled by Neal while Mrs.Crosby was slapping around Mrs. McDonuts.

  6. Rob in Beantown on

    The Rangers’ goal song should be the Mr Softee music. Actually, they should just play the music between all the whistles

  7. Mister Softee. I pinned that name on Nash last year before the playoffs. Man I wish I was wrong.

  8. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Me thinks it’s time to prepare the draft picks for an aged old player or 3 with no foot speed. Perhaps a 3rd and 4th for that guy, Pyatt, for example, from Pittsburgh. Looks good.

    Our team is close, I’ll tell ya. If we make the PO’s we can go all the way.

    Go ahead Uncle Glennie, You da man. Make the deals already, why wait for the deadline?????

  9. A wise man once said- this team is as soft as carvel…didn’t think we’d be back to that.

  10. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    One thing that was nice to see was our ‘push back’ after it was 1-0, 2-0. (S)

    Sign of a top flight team. (S)

    I hated bringing in MZA. Scary he and Kreider are our best forwards.

  11. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    This team needs to sink badly and miss the PO’s. For the benefit of the future.

    Only chance of fumigating the front office is a slide into oblivion. Would love to hear Moron Dolan defend Slather if they finish 12th in conference.

    No Rangers or Knicks PO’s this year? Newly transformed MSG!!!

    Well done, Jimmy!! Nice transformation!!!

  12. Times like this I question my parenting. I made my daughter a Ranger fan and think that if I was a good father I would have insisted she root for any of the 29 other teams, any of em.

  13. Both the News and the Post have Zucc credited with 2 goals. Wonder if they bother to watch the game or read the stats.

  14. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    See, I walked by the Garden tonight. I saw a guy outside with a Red Wings winter coat. Thought to myself, “hmmmmmm….not a bad idea”.

    It’s a painful illness these days.

  15. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    A wise man once said that softness has little to do with the team’s current struggles and that pathetic goaltending has much to do with the situation.

  16. Stan Fischler ?@StanFischler 52s
    Did I miss something or did the #Penguins stickboy also make Team USA?

    Bwahahaha!! Good old (senial) Stan!

  17. I think the scorer credited Zuccarello with McDonagh’s goal, thinking it went in off Engelland. It was changed after the game.

  18. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    The scoring was changed during the third period.

  19. Stranger Nation on

    This team is even-steven, nothing more than a 50/50 proposition; some days they are up and some days they are down…

    Had some chances they could have buried in 1st, but team D is abhorrent.

  20. ThisYearsModel on

    Another team meeting. As we are a .500 team, I guess there will be at least 2 more team meetings before we end the year out of the playoffs.

  21. If you’re traveling through the streets of Banff next year and meet a decrepit looking moose wearing a tweed hat and smoking a Havana Roller, don’t ask him about old times.

  22. Stranger Nation on

    Doo-gay is in the running for next GM as he has proven has vast knowledge of the game with this insightful game commentary.

  23. Stranger Nation on

    Coos – always found it funny that the NHL coaches wearing suits/jackets and ties as de facto wardrobe. The hicks for Moosejaw like to get dressed up all purty for game night.

  24. Insightful Pidto interview with AV: “What kind of gum do you chew, coach?” Wish I was kidding.

  25. “I think the scorer credited Zuccarello with McDonagh’s goal, thinking it went in off Engelland. It was changed after the game.” (Carp)

    I would love to see Giannone reporting from between the benches of 2 teammates vociferously arguing over whose goal it was. Had to have happened.

  26. Who is going to take Dorsetts place? Toronto is not shy about playing a physical game, maybe they won’t dress Colton Orr, why would they bother?

  27. Hey Matty! Zucc would have been even better with teamates that had better puck handling!!
    At least the guys should fight and bleed for the jersey.

  28. AV is either brain-dead or he is trying to put a happy face on a dismal situation which he knows has no solution short of a major overhaul.

  29. McD will become more and more of a target as opposing coaches realize that sufficiently wearing him down will turn our D into jelly.

  30. I agree with you guys (Matty) saying changes must be made. But you dont start with the top point maker. Start with the overpaid has beens!!
    Nobody have to play because they USED TO BE GREATE or good.

  31. Jelly indeed, a soft, gooey pile of jelly. Your right though, it seems the caps took that approach last time around.

  32. Hey tomb

    Was this one of one those nights when only people who understand hockey can see what a good player Derek Stepan is? Or is it, e us vastly overrated?

  33. Feel sorry for Hank, McD Zucc and Kreider and I hope they end up on teams where they can shine. This garbage org is a curse.

  34. Richards to Del Zotto: “Turn off this gay music; kids these days…”

    Puts on Tina Turner.

  35. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So on the first pens goal, dorsett with a broken leg is throwing checks harder than NATW!

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I get tootoo from the dead wings for bole and trade Staal to canes for ruutu.

  37. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    It’s about time to admit talbot gives this organization a better chance to win on a nightly basis than hank!!!

  38. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Anyone else notice how d Moops sweater just says Moops on the back, but j Moops says j Moops on it?

  39. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mcdonut is such a wuss! He looked like a submissive dog getting humped by an alpha male in the backyard by Crosby.

    I’d trade him for phanuef in a heartbeat!

  40. Robby Bonfire on

    Really saddened by the loss of Phil Everly. The success of the duo is a lesson in persistence. They tried Nashville, and “failed,” and were being driven back to Kentucky by a friend, shortly after they “gave up.” Fifty miles or so out of Nashville, the friend got the inspiration: “This is ridiculous,” and just turned the car around and headed back for Nashville. The rest is history.

    This is one of my favorite inspirational, true life stories. Only YOU can defeat you. Difficult circumstances can be overcome, with patience, persistence, and faith in a positive outcome.

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