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Vigneault: ‘We may not look it, but we’re trying our guts off here’

May 7, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers followed up back-to-back shutout losses with a game where they only managed 15 shots on goal. To be fair they also scored two goals, but their power play was still ineffective, they weren’t able to swing the contest’s momentum whenever they caught a break, and they consequently lost their third straight contest.

Adding to that was the fact that Rick Nash was booed by his own fans in response to his inability to score in the 2014 playoffs.

With the team one game away from elimination, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault asked for the Rangers fans’ support.

“We may not look it, but we’re trying our guts off here,” Vigneault told ESPN’s Katie Strang.

At the same time, forward Brad Richards felt Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden “could not have gone worse.”

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh added that the Rangers’ play was “unacceptable,” per Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

Until the Rangers are eliminated, anything is possible. They only need to look at the Los Angeles Kings to be reminded of that.

Game 5 will be in Pittsburgh on Friday.

  1. theageofquarrel - May 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Let me guess,you’re tired? stupid schedule

    • areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      I don’t have any emotional investment in this series but the Rangers were handed an unfairly brutal schedule for the playoffs. I guess one could blame Billy Joel . . .

      • bettmanblows - May 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Place the blame where blame is due……the WNBA.

      • areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Holy %$#@! I have looked at thge MSG schedule, but someone told me it was some Billy Joel concerts that screwed the schedule . . . The WNBA? Six people go to those games! If this is the case, this sucks arse!

  2. blk216 - May 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Total shots for the game:

    Evgeni Malkin: 14
    NY Rangers: 15

    Really?

    • sorroundedbyidiots - May 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Not really, he had 14 attempted shots on goal but he was only credited with 3. But yea, the rags only had 15 total on goal.

  3. johnnyd76 - May 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Coach V is probably correct. Rangers are playing against a very motivated, stingy PENS hockey team. RAGS do not match up well against the PENS and are being out-hustled in just about every phase of the game. Further, the PENS are using their sticks and bodies to take away passing lanes, winning battles on the boards and spending more time in the offensive zone.

    Another factor is, – their does not seem to be a passionate dislike of the PENS displayed by the Rangers. This has been a fairly tame for a play-off series. That’s where the Rags miss Torts (he had a way in galvanizing hatred of the other team).

    I can not say this series is over, but the PENS overall performance is overwhelming the Rangers – especially since 71 and 87 have kicked their game into high gear.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 8, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      Calling the Pens stingy is a big statement

    • mangoman1966 - May 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Haven’t seen the pens play 60 minute games like this all year. Can play with anyone now. Would rather they play Boston than Montreal. The hand are too fast. Don’t think the bruins are going to make if out of the 2nd round.

  4. 950003cups - May 8, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    AV, you’re right, you don’t look it. Right about now, AV even has his $8,000,000 a year goalie buying in to his “let’s pack it up and go home boys” system.

    • nebbah306 - May 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Have any Devils broken par yet?

      • 950003cups - May 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        A actually, just to be pricks, the Devils and the fans have purposely booked up all the tee times in the tri-state area so those bums in blue can’t play

  5. joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Translation, the boys are running on fumes. the grueling schedule has sucked all energy out of them.

  6. icrew29 - May 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    If I didn’t know better I would think Nash andSt Louie are being paid under the table.

  7. earpaniac - May 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    You’re always going to have trouble when $8 million of your cap hit goes home after every regular season.

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