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AV had his ‘Netflix imitation’ ready for reporters, but ‘nobody asked’

Jun 11, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

Alain Vigneault AP

NEW YORK — Even though his New York Rangers could be swept in the Stanley Cup Final tonight at Madison Square Garden, coach Alain Vigneault was in a good mood this morning.

Certainly, it was better than the mood he was in yesterday, when he asked reporters to excuse his players if they weren’t “real cheery” the day after they’d fallen behind the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, with a tremendously disappointing loss on home ice.

“I didn’t think anybody would be making cartwheels yesterday,” Vigneault said this morning. “Today, we’re back at work. We had a good meeting this morning. We’re getting ready for a good hockey game tonight.”

The coach even ended his media availability with a joke: “I had my Netflix imitation for you guys today. Nobody asked.”

Not surprisingly, the Rangers are also trying to take inspiration from their opponents, who earlier in the playoffs fought back from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks in seven games. Not to mention, New York had its own big comeback this postseason, battling back to beat Pittsburgh after trailing 3-1.

“We know it can be done,” said defenseman Kevin Klein. “It’s been done before. I don’t know if it’s been done before in the Stanley Cup finals*, but it’s one of those things where you know it can be done.

“Right now our focus is on this game. You take it one game by game like we did against Pittsburgh and we managed to come back from a 3-1 deficit, so we know it’s possible.”

*Once, by the 1942 Maple Leafs.

  1. khar9 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Kings aren’t the penguins … They will finish them sooner then later

  2. withseidelinn - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    1942 BABY

  3. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I would have liked to hear him give that speech.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Lucky basteges, those rags are. I get that feeling they’ll actually win tonight.

  5. 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    A sweep in the finals would be worse than bowing out in in the 2nd round. We were there in 2012 and responded.

    Do the rags have it in their DNA? Or is their presence just a rest of hurting Carey Price?

    We’ll know tonight.

    • vmm11 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      You were there and responded back in 2012? Granted the devils did win 2 games to make for an interesting Game 6, however I recall a thorough beatdown of the Devils 6-1 to finish off the series. In the end all that is remembered is that the Kings won the Cup so please bear with me if I don’t agree with your statement that the Devils “responded”. Losing in 4/5/6/7 does not matter at this time of year. In the end no matter how many games it took, you just didn’t get it done.

    • vmm11 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      and please spare us all with the Carey Price excuse (are we really still talking about this???). Anyone who watched the ECF knows that Carey Price going down had NOTHING to do with the Rangers winning that series. Tokarski played great and was not the reason his team went down, in fact the argument can be made that he was the reason his team kept the series close. The Rangers have absolutely earned their way to the Finals and if they happen to go down tonight in 4 straight, it does not mean they did not belong…it means they ran into a better team.

      Get a clue buddy

      • 7mantel - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        93 is so clueless it’s sad !

  6. islander75 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    the rangers have to fight their hearts and souls out of their bodies tonight. i’m kinda sick listening to all of their excuses like bad bounces or terrible calls (or better non-calls)

    hit the ice and respond like men! the kings are are very, very tough team to beat. but others habe done this before so get your heads out of your asses and beat them tonight soundly.

  7. safaber3 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    they just played badly at times in the first 2 games and just about the entire game in game 3. Poor shooting, poor puck handling and more hacking at the puck rather than passing it to another player make it look like they are tired or just outclassed. Hats off to the Rangers for making the final. No one gave them that chance earlier in the year, but they made it to the final. I am afraid they are just toast against the LA kings right now.

  8. pjblake2redwings - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    It’s Over

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