What unfolded was a comeback for the ages. The Rangers showed their fight, unleashing a hurricane in the form of Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.
Since making his NHL debut Dec. 28, 2010, Chris Mueller has been a wandering nomad, travelling from city to city hoping to force his way onto an NHL roster for a full season. He may not have to move again.
Even though Hayes is fresh out of college and only four games into his NHL career, head coach Alain Vigneault is impressed with Hayes’ poise with the puck and intelligent decision-making.
Nash has been an ever-present force, extinguishing any concerns that his $7.8 million annual salary through the 2017-18 season would be a burden on the Blueshirts.
Had John Tortorella still been coaching the Rangers, turnover-prone defenseman Mike Kostka would have been glued to the bench for the rest of Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss to the rival Islanders. As it were, Alain Vigneault had other ideas.
Rick Nash’s early season resurgence on the ice has coincided with joy off the ice. On Monday, his wife, Jessica, delivered a healthy baby boy named McLaren.
On Thursday night, the Rangers entered a rowdy building in St. Louis and emerged as the victors thanks to a bit of magic from their top line. It will have to continue.
Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.
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“We all kind of knew Mac’s a real young leader on this team,” Girardi said. “He’s only going to get better. He was the definite choice to lead us as captain and lead us in the right direction.”
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed after Monday’s practice that Anthony Duclair will make his debut on Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis.
His poise, maturity, natural confidence and willingness to battle has greatly impressed head coach Alain Vigneault, his coaching staff and veteran teammates.
19-year-old winger Anthony Duclair created a real buzz inside the famous walls of Madison Square Garden during Monday night’s 6-3 preseason exhibition victory over the rival Philadelphia Flyers.
St. Louis isn’t just making sure that his body stays ahead of the curve at 39. He’s meticulous about every detail during training camp.
The injury further compounds the Blueshirts’ already questionable situation at center.