Alain Vigneault

New York head coach Alain Vigneault talks with the media after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Vigneault: Kings ‘One Of The Best Teams I’ve Seen’

The coach had formed a few impressions after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, and they made him even more wary of the Los Angeles Kings.


The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Bigger, Sharper Kings Will Defeat Rangers In Stanley Cup Final

The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.


Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Stanley Cup Finals: Rangers Not About To Bow Before Mighty Kings

The Rangers know that many, if not most, in the hockey world aren’t giving them much of a chance to win the Cup. They have heard it before, and have just gone about their business.


Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Underdog Rangers To Face Kings In Stanley Cup Finals

Even though New York was the first to claim a spot in the finals, many have already written off the Blueshirts as severe underdogs against Los Angeles.


Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 to win the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lundqvist, Rangers 4 Wins Away From Bringing Home Lord Stanley’s Cup

When the final buzzer sounded Thursday night, the Broadway Blueshirts were in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since captain Mark Messier was in charge.


The New York Rangers leave the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 27, 2014.  (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Better Not Bring Game 5 Stink Back To MSG

The Rangers need to leave the odor — and the brutal hockey — in Montreal after completely falling flat at Bell Center in a 7-4 defeat Tuesday.


Henrik Lundqvist is yanked by New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault in Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Habs’ Bourque Takes Dig At Rangers’ Lundqvist After Game 5

Henrik Lundqvist is a big reason the Rangers are on the doorstep of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. But the extraordinary goalie had a rather ordinary night on Tuesday.


Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal late in th second period against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On The Verge: Rangers Not Taking 3-1 Lead Over Canadiens For Granted

The Rangers have two key assets to fall back on — penalty killing and goaltending. It’s a combo that has put them within one victory of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.


Alain Vigneault (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers HC Alain Vigneault: We’re Not ‘Dishonest And Dishonorable’

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is angry his team has been portrayed as “dishonorable and dishonest” by the Montreal Canadiens and coach Michel Therrien.


Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return Of Brassard Will Provide Boost For Rangers In Game 4

Derick Brassard has been itching to return to the Rangers’ lineup. Now healthy, the 26-year-old center will finally get his chance to make his mark on this series when he takes the ice for pivotal Game 4.


Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates Alex Galchenyuk's game-winning overtime goal as Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Habs Stun Blueshirts At MSG, And Suddenly It’s A Series

Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.


Madison Square Garden (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Vigneault, Rangers Look Toward Fired-Up MSG For Game 3

Gone will be the fear of impending doom. Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.


Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal against Dustin Tokarski #35 of the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Red-Hot Rangers Head Home 2 Wins From Stanley Cup Final

Henrik Lundqvist has the surging Rangers two wins away. “I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said after Monday’s Game 2.


Martin St. Louis after scoring a first-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 17, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

St. Louis, Rangers Buckle Down For Game 2 After Somber Off Day

The Rangers joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother’s funeral outside Montreal on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault’s voice cracked as he described the service.


Martin St. Louis during Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers To Attend Funeral Of St. Louis’ Mother After East Finals Opener

The Rangers will be all business for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The next day will be rough, win or lose.