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Rangers’ coach Vigneault: ‘We’re in a fight’

Feb 8, 2014, 8:07 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have done well to climb out of the rut they found themselves in after the first month of the regular season.

The Rangers, you’ll recall, recorded just three wins on a nine-game road trip to start the season and were toward the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings as a result. Their struggles came with a new head coach in Alain Vigneault, however, after having to answer for what seemed like loss after loss, he seems to have them pointed in the right direction now.

Following two wins in three games this month and seven wins in their last 10 games, the Rangers find themselves a point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the second spot in that division.

It’s unlikely they’ll catch the Pittsburgh Penguins, currently at 83 points, but they’re holding onto a playoff position as the NHL shuts down for the Sochi Olympics and the stretch drive awaits.

“All you have to do is just look at the standings,” Vigneault said, as per “We’re in a fight, it’s going to be very challenging.”

  1. ajg314 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    If the Blueshirts continue playing as they’ve done of late, they’ve got an excellent shot at being the three seed.

  2. jkay1818 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    talk about a non story, give me a break.

  3. stepanup - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    The most entertaining part of this article is going to the hyperlink for the story from two months ago about AV explaining losses, then reading the comments section. I don’t think anyone wants anyone else fired anymore.

    How nice it is that things have changed.

    • barkar942 - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      I am sure I was one of the loudest posters wanting his hide.
      Never expected them to get ahead of last place this year.
      Pouliot was one of my main targets as a player, and look at how he is playing now.
      Gotta give credit where credit is due.

  4. gmenfan1982 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Won 16 of last 20 road games.

    • pfhockey - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      That’s pretty damn good.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    @barkar942 right on. I was disgusted with Pouliots play early this year. I give him credit too. He’s playing solid 2 way hockey. And he hits….

  6. xdj511 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    The turnaround is amazing. I don’t think I can ever remember a situation where a player was underperforming and turned it around as dramatically as Pouliot has. Give AV and the coaches credit for sticking with him and their style of play while the fans were getting restless.

  7. hockeyfan763 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    A lot if it had to do with Zuccarello being put on the same line with the underachieving Pouliot and Brassard. He elevated their game. Once Callahan was healthy and that switch was made they took off.

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