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Brassard: Rangers’ confidence is still there

Jun 8, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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As frustrated as Brian Boyle was after Game 2 about any talk of moral victories, it sounds like most of the New York Rangers are taking some positives out of their situation.

Despite being down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings, a good chunk of the Rangers team – head coach Alain Vigneault included – seemed mostly pleased with their overall play. It doesn’t sound like they’re feeling hopeless by any means, either.

“I think our confidence is still there,” Derrick Brassard said. “I think if we keep playing the same way, we have a great chance to win. It’s a far way to be over. We came back from 1-3 against Pittsburgh. We proved to ourselves that we can come back against some really good teams. I think we showed to ourselves that we can play with those guys.”

It doesn’t hurt that the Rangers get to host Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden, where they aim to “hold serve” and tie the series.

“It’s going to be huge,” John Moore said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this. We’re going to expect them to be loud and be behind us.”

Vigneault calls Monday’s Game 3 “as close [to] a ‘must’ game as I think you can have.”

The Rangers head coach seems to still be a little bitter about a controversial 4-3 goal in which there was no goalie interference call, but everyone – Henrik Lundqvist included – needs to let it go. Turning this series around at home would go a long way toward making that happen.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    LGR!!! Win next game your back in series. Been close. Still picking the Rangers.

    • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      LOL !!! :)

  2. stakex - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    The Rangers should be confident. For large stretches of the first two games they have been the better team, and if not for some rather iffy officiating, the series would be no worse than 1-1 at this point. That’s not bad considering the Kings were suppose to be over whelming favorites to run the Rangers right out of town.

    If the Rangers play in NY like they did in game two, perhaps tighten things up a smidge on defense, its very possible the series could be 2-2 when it heads back to LA.

  3. justinhbhb - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    He is confident that the Rangers will be able to run Quick over and face, for the third time- a back up goalie.

    • stakex - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      The way they are scoring on Quick, I’m sure the Rangers are perfectly happy with him between the pipes.

      • mattzachary2014 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        You know the same can be said of Lundqvist. I would venture to say that it’s been a very disappointing performance by Lundqvist, which most knew he was the key to beating the Kings.

  4. khmerson562 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The kings didn’t played their best 2 games and still up 2-0. If the kings start fast look out rangers.

  5. stuka9 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    A girl walks into a bar wearing a Ranger jersey. A guy walks up to her & says ‘ Hi, my name is Two Goal Lead, what’s yours?” She says, “What kind of name is Two Goal Lead?” He replies “I figured anyone wearing a Ranger jersey would blow a Two Goal Lead.”

  6. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Maybe Brassard can pull off one of his patented, well timed flops to help the rags get back into the series.

  7. Stiller43 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Umm, sorry but “king” has allowed two more goals than quick thus far in the series. So i guess they should be thrilled he’s between the rangers pipes

  8. bleedrangerblue - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    @stiller no need to argue. We all saw the games. Rangers are right there. I’m telling you this is going the distance. LGR!!!

  9. muckleflugga - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    maybe broadstreetbeatdown can pull his head out of his ample and gelatinous ass long enough to make a constructive comment pertaining to the article in hand

    there is nothing more painful than having to read his commentary, modelling as it does serious emotional, psychological and intellectual deficiencies, time and time again …

    truly, the definitive know-nothing horse’s ass who is demonstrably ignorant of hockey beyond ability to incite self-abuse

    beating his own meat in a public forum yet

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Ah, muckleflugga another one of my internet stalkers…er, I mean member of my fan club. My commentary is so painful that you just can’t help yourself by responding each and every time. Maybe you should go back to flugging your muckle instead of trying to officiate the “internets”.

  10. censoredpost - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    James Dolan. Just thought I’d throw that out there. It can’t hurt as a Kings fan.

  11. blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:03 AM


    if nothing more, then please promise me that one of you Rangers ‘give me a call’ for a round this summer … I’m always available as a ‘single’ eh ? :)

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