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Alain Vigneault gets first win as Rangers coach

Oct 8, 2013, 1:57 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers got their first victory of the season on Monday, and Alain Vigneault got his first regular season win as that team’s new head coach.

The Rangers, playing their second of nine straight games on the road to begin the season, defeated the L.A. Kings by a final score of 3-1.

“I think it’s big for everyone in the organization. We wanted to get something on the board (for) him and we did…good for Alain,” Rangers’ forward Brad Richards said afterward, as per the club’s official Twitter account.

Of course, Vigneault and his Rangers got a little help in the third period.

Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick badly misplayed a long-range short-handed clearing attempt by Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The puck bounced off Quick’s blocker as he went to the ice to play it and glided into the empty net.

The goal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Click here to see the video of the gaffe.

In the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Quick was magnificent for the Kings on their way to a Stanley Cup. And that included his play against the Canucks – coached then by Vigneault – in the opening round.

  1. kingsfan93 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Why was the last paragraph mentioned in this article for? I just find it pointless.

  2. micasa81 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    For whatever reason my wife has always affectionately referred to Vigneault as “Chubby Brian”. As soon as she saw him behind the bench when he first started with the Canucks it was, “oh look, it’s Chubby Brian”. She’s very happy to see Chubby Brian get his first win with the Rangers.

  3. jaredo10 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Great game.. keep it up LGR

  4. stakex - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Well at least the Rangers looked a lot better then they did in their first game. While their defense and power play looked shaky at times, it was nice to see a focus on puck possession… something that was missing the last few years under Torts.

  5. blomfeld - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    FU Elaine !

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