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Rangers coach fumes after 5-0 loss to Lightning: ‘No one touched a soul’

Nov 25, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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For the Tampa Bay Lightning, Monday was a glorious homecoming, as they beat the New York Rangers 5-0 to break a four-game losing trip (which all came on the road). From New York’s perspective, it was pretty much a nightmare, as Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the third time this season.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault isn’t throwing the Rangers’ star goalie under the bus, either, complaining that Martin St. Louis‘ milestone night – his second tally gave him career No. 350 – went a little too smoothly.

The Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross passes along a quote that seems to summarize the evening:

“Obviously it was sort of Martin St. Louis love-fest out there, nobody touched a soul, especially not him,” Vigneault said.

The Rangers are having trouble hitting opponents and the net lately. Despite taking three of those games, the Rangers have only scored seven goals in their last six games.

It’s pretty easy to defend your goalies — whether it be Lundqvist or surprisingly effective backup Cam Talbot — when they’re keeping you in most games.

  1. letsgolightning - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Oh man, we needed this after that horrible west coast trip.

  2. canucks30 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    I thought playing soft hockey was a Vigneault trademark?

  3. tampabayirish - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    The star of the game was Ben Bishop. The Rangers actually outplayed Tampa Bay at times and out shot them for the game. But the Lightning made their shots count on the scoreboard.

    • stakex - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      Its the same story every game though… Rangers out play teams but make their goalie look like a hero. After all, the Rangers are 29th in goals per game (2.00), but are actually 6th in shots per game. While a lot of shots doesn’t always equal a lot of goals, being among the league lead in shots on goal should keep you out of the scoring basement. It can’t be that the Rangers are just running into hot goaltenders, its that they are unable to score and making these guys look good.

      • homieshome - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Do you follow the Rangers? Last night, Henrik Lundqvist was absolutely the one who blew the game. Rangers are the worst at coming back when they go down and Henk giving up early bad goals again is usually the one who puts them down. I seriously hope Talbot starts against Florida. In fact, i pray he does but Henrik has not been Henrik this year

  4. lightning69 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Well Coach, it was an unusual night for sure. Marty is usually horribly mauled every game, without penalty. So thanks NY for not scaring his face for post game photos. (See his past portfolio)

    One correction, Dorset touched Labrie’s knuckles serveral times. (Actually giving him a lot of credit for trying to spark his team way outside his weight class and reach).

    Seeing Stamkos walk into the Forum today, sans cast, on top of having St. Louis’ special night?!?
    Damn right the boys better come out skating!

    Hope we give Vinny warm welcome home Wed, and the same score as tonight.

  5. homieshome - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I didnt expect them to come back. Henrik was God awful, letting in those early goals. I did not expect to see them really bust their butts to try coming back for nothing. Dude seriously, what is up with Hank this year? If Talbot is doing better and keeps it up, i hope he starts over Henrik. Lundqvist lets in some of the worst goals i’ve seen in awhile and he comes like 10 ft. out of the net too.

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