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Vigneault to top Rangers: Put on your ‘big boy pants’ tonight

May 5, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist kept the New York Rangers in the game and managed to keep Sidney Crosby at zero playoff goals in 2014, but the Pittsburgh Penguins’ top players still excelled in Game 2. That wasn’t lost on Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, who called out his own best weapons heading into Monday’s big Game 3.

That sounds like a challenge, although Vigneault had an interesting take on how his top guys might view that “big boy pants” bit.

Vigneault called out his top two defensive pairings in particular, stating that they collectively experienced a tough night on Sunday.

It doesn’t sound like there will be too many big changes, although it appears that Jesper Fast will replace Derek Dorsett in Game 3. No word on whether Fast gives the Rangers more big boy pants than Dorsett would. (Do pests like Dorsett wear big boy pants too? There are a lot of questions and not enough answers about big boy pants …)

  1. canucks30 - May 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    I don’t recall AV doing anything like this in Vancouver. He always coddled the Sedins and his criticism of Kesler was always indirect.

    Maybe he’s learned from his failures in Vancouver and is more willing to challenge his players now instead of being a “players coach”.

  2. oceanre - May 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Big boy pants have the big pocket able to handle the big wallet (where the big paychecks go)

  3. mangoman1966 - May 5, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    How about don’t go their. One of my favorites.

  4. hosewater2 - May 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Richards and Nash do own big boy pants, but they’re in the back of their closet and haven’t fit for about 5 years.

    • schlitzy - May 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      lol…and St Louis left his in Tampa!!

      and im a Rangers fan!!

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