NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If the Rangers wanted any validation that they belong among the many NHL’s elite groups, they received it of their first-spherical playoff win over Montreal.
“Any group that may beat (Carey) Worth three video games in a row is an effective workforce, and we did that,” coach Alain Vigneault informed WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday. “We beat Montreal, and we beat in all probability what individuals say is the most effective goaltender within the league three video games in a row.”
The Blueshirts ousted the Canadiens from the collection by profitable Recreation 6 on Saturday night time, three-1.
“It was a tough-fought collection,” Vigneault stated. “Each groups have been very comparable, very aggressive, and two nice goaltenders that met head-to-head.”
Vigneault couldn’t assist however rave about Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s efficiency within the collection.
“He was phenomenal,” the Rangers coach stated. “Each groups acquired some actually good goaltending. However I feel on the finish of the day, Hank outplayed Worth, who everyone was saying Worth was one of the best goalie within the league. Properly, Hank was there save for save.”
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New York now advances to the Japanese Convention semifinals, the place they may face the Ottawa Senators starting Thursday night time on the street.
Vigneault stated he and his employees are onerous at work getting ready a plan for Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.
“Ottawa’s obtained somewhat bit extra talent, I might say, than Montreal,” Vigneault stated. “They’ve received the most effective, if not one of the best, offensive defenseman in Karlsson within the league there. Performs huge minutes and is able to making huge performs. So it’s going to be one other robust matchup there — a workforce that performs an actual structured recreation once they don’t have the puck. They don’t surrender quite a bit. They’ve develop into an actual strong defensive workforce.
“There’s little question in my thoughts what we’re going to need to do is pay particular consideration to Karlsson, their protection. He’s in on each rush. He’s an incredible first passer. So it’s going to be a unique problem for us, nevertheless it’s going to be a great problem and one which we’re getting ready proper now, and we’re going to be prepared come Thursday.”