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McDonagh ‘needs to find…another level’ tonight versus Flyers

Apr 30, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

For Ryan McDonagh, Wayne Simmonds‘ first of three goals last night in Philadelphia pretty much summed up how the playoffs have been going for the Rangers’ best defenseman:

If you missed it, Simmonds was only able to score after McDonagh inadvertently kicked it onto the Flyer forward’s stick.

Tonight in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is hoping McDonagh can regain the form that saw the 24-year-old score a career-high 43 points in the regular season, as opposed to the one that’s seen him held pointless in the first six game of the playoffs, with a minus-2 rating.

“He’s obviously been our best defenseman all year,” said Vigneault, per ESPN New York. “He’s played some good hockey so far in this series, but I do believe there’s another level. He needs to find that for us tonight.”

Related: Get your game notes: Flyers at Rangers

  1. bwayblueshirt - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    He’s obviously not 100% yet. AV should drop him to the second pairing, use Staal and G until he’s better.

  2. stepanup - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    If AV is going to challenge a player, I’m glad he chose McD. I think he’ll rise to the occasion. Not saying the Rangers will win, but he’ll have a good game. Kid will be the next NYR captain.

  3. bleedrangerblue - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Let’s go Rangers!! C’mon Nash!! This is why we got you, for this game!!!

  4. flyboystransport - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    As long as both teams are playing not to lose you can’t blame just one player. I hope he keeps playing the way he is….just like nash

  5. xdj511 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Just McDonagh? If the Rangers as a team can get through tonight without taking dumb penalties that lead to goals against, or boneheaded giveaways that lead to goals against, and if they can manage to get the puck deep instead of making ill-advised north-south passes in the neutral zone, and can actually set up in the offensive zone on the power play and get some good chances, then maybe they’ll have a chance to win this game.

    In a lot of ways the Rangers are a better team, but the Rangers problem all season has been their inability to capitalize on their chances. As a result they need to severely limit the chances the Flyers get, because only a difference in chances in the Rangers favor of 2-1 or even 3-1 is going to result in a win. They need to be able to play up to that level or they’ll be golfing as soon as this storm moves away from the east coast.

  6. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    McDonough is gonna be a HOFer. What a stupid trade by Montreal.

  7. davepoulin - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    McDonough is OVERRATED….good skater but very soft…

    As a Flyers fan, I will be the first to admit he would still be an upgrade over any of our defensemen but OVERRATED nonetheless….time to eliminate the “soft” Rangers. That is a team that is NOT built for the playoffs. Scary to Ranger fans but all the pressure is on them tonight….Go Philly….

    • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      As a Flyers fan, It’s time to take off the orange and black glasses. He is damn good. He is playing with one arm and outplaying all of our Dmen.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Dan Girardi, underrated?

    • stakex - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      I don’t think Flyers fans want to get into a debate about which team is better built for the playoffs. There is a reason the Rangers are the odds on favorite tonight after all….

  8. everyonesuksbutme - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    LETS GO FLYERS!!! Clap Clap Clap! Anyone see the video of ranger fan getting pummelled? Hilarious!

  9. President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    wont matter who wins tonight , pittsburgh will handle them next round

    • kingadrock99 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Just like they “handled” Columbus? Coughing up multiple goal leads game after game? The Penguins are a joke.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        lol a team with over 100 points in the standings …. a joke lol… dont be bitter

  10. bleedrangerblue - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Wow. Logan!! If the Rangers win they match up well due to Pitts goaltending. If Philly wins, it’s a sweep for the flyers against the Pens. In fact Cindy Crosby was just seen sitting in his seat watching Ranger pre game skate clutching his Ranger towel… :)

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