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Rangers coach says hostile Philly atmosphere only helped his team

Apr 22, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

In an odd and tough twist, the New York Rangers began the 2013-14 season with a nine-game road trip. Maybe that partially explains why they’ve been such a resilient road team.

When he was asked about dealing with the energy in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault indicated that the hostile atmosphere only boosted his team during a 4-1 Game 3 win.

“We knew this was going to be a tough environment, not only were they prepared, they thrived on it,” Vigneault said.

Dan Carcillo might have thrived on it the most, as you can see from this video (and the fact that he received the team’s ceremonial Broadway Hat after the game).

All things considered, the Rangers seem like a tough out for the Flyers. They’ve won eight of the teams’ last nine games at Madison Square Garden (where the series shifts in Game 5) and could be just as tough in Game 4 considering the fact that they were better on the road than at home (25-14-2 vs. 20-17-4) during the season.

The Flyers’ crowd will probably do its best to make sure the Rangers don’t thrive in Game 4 on Friday, though.

  1. joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    The crowd didn’t help either team on the PP. Phil 0/5 and NYR 0/4 What next?

  2. gbart22 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Yeah emery is just a backup who can steal the occasional game but he is not a starter. I can’t believe people even questioned it.

  3. cheesesteak75 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    If the Flyers get down early in game 4 I’m sure the crowd won’t do much to support them!

  4. biffnasty - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Hopefully that filthy crowd will continue its always classy support of its teams. Might even be lucky enough to see some batteries thrown at the Ranger players

    • theref55 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Sounds like BIFFY put his tampon in the wrong end as usual Or he needs to get laid from somthing other than a doll.
      Funny how people who never been to Philly talk about it like no other and take such an interest. Maybe because where he lives there are no passionate fans and he is jealous.
      Realizing this loser “Biffy” still lives in his mom’s basement yelling “MOM THE MEATLOAF” every day at age 43 speaks volumes to who he really is.
      What other fine Philly fan sports stories do you have for us BIFFY?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        god damn man. both of your comments are about as cliché as they get. you have no room to speak out on that dude.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        ibien, you being a flyer fan and myself a Rangers, we obviously don’t agree on this series, but you are pretty knowledgeable when i see you post and i tend not to argue with Flyer fans on here, aside from the delusional ones who get out of control.
        You are 100% spot on with theref55’s comment, as i was reading it I was thinking, talk about a cliche. the getting laid, the doll, the basement, being 40. The only thing he left out was sitting down there with his underwear on.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        jkay, exactly! also, are you noticing how many new names are here right now? April-June hockey “fans” all over the place, including these two clowns.

    • biffnasty - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      You were so very close in your assessment of me. However, I gene unfortunately been to filthy many times. For phillies games, that park is beautiful, for the winter classic when the rangers won, and most recently, to leave my nice suburban home to get a sense of how lucky I am by visiting the slum that is Philadelphia

    • biffnasty - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      You were so very close in your assessment of me. However, I have unfortunately been to filthy many times. For phillies games, that park is beautiful, for the winter classic when the rangers won, and most recently, to leave my nice suburban home to get a sense of how lucky I am by visiting the slum that is Philadelphia.

  5. bobc74 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    “Hostile” fans in Philly? No, not in the “City of Brotherly Love”. lol.

  6. rpiotr01 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Rangers have been a very strong road team, perhaps even better than their 25-14-2 record indicates. They started off 2-6 on the road during that opening stretch where they couldn’t find their game, and have only 8 regulation losses on the road since the last week of October. Their performance shouldn’t surprise anyone, though it is worth noting that two of those road losses came in Philadelphia.

    The Flyers’ game is all about being physical, getting the opposition off their game mentally, and using their ample skill players to attack that weakness – that worked to perfection on Sunday. NYR seem more able to maintain their defensive focus and discipline on the road, maybe all the crowd energy at home makes them more prone to playing too emotionally.

  7. nashernation - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I saw the Blue Shirts play the la kings in LA early in the season and they showed glimpses of their potential with AV as coach. They played a great road game and I was surprised when they had that bad start. They play a nice fast pace with a solid defensive scheme on the road.

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