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Vigneault: “Can’t win without our A-game”

Per Katie Strang, Alain Vigneault challenged the Rangers after their performance on Wednesday night:

“One thing that’s real evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do not all bring our A-game. It is that strong of an opponent that we’re playing against.”

This is something we knew from the get-go, that the Rangers would need to play near perfect hockey to beat the Kings in an extended series. The first period –minus the Derek Stepan turnover– was almost perfect hockey, and the type of game the Rangers will need to play for a full 60 minutes to beat the Kings. Naturally, they got away from that in the second/third periods, and lost the game in overtime.

4 Responses to “Vigneault: “Can’t win without our A-game””

  1. SalMerc says:

    Stanley Cup Finals, Duh!

  2. Chris F says:

    Really, at this time of year, there really shouldn’t be a need for any extra motivation, however, what do you think the OT loss might do as far as pushing this team to a higher compete level that an OT win might not have?

    The Rangers almost gave up the game in the 3rd with lackluster play. Do you think if Hags wins it on that last minute breakaway or if the Rangers pull it out in OT that they might not be as mentally committed to fixing the mistakes that led to that 3rd period to begin with?

    Maybe the silver lining in this loss.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      I thought about that also, but I think that’s more of me grasping for positives after a tough loss. I think no matter the outcome, the way that 3rd period played out would’ve motivated the team to improve.

      • SalMerc says:

        Maybe not yet – but a visit to the lockeroom from Messier couldn’t hurt somewhere down the line.