Rangers locker room quotes in LA – including Richards, Callahan, Vigneault

Post game quotes from the Rangers locker room after 3-1 win in Los Angeles on Monday night…

Coach Alain Vigneault on NY’s style of play:

“I really liked the way we responded after they scored, we came right back at them and we kept pushing the pace. Obviously, we got a little bit lucky on the third goal but part of this game you need a little bit of luck and we got it there.”

Vigneault on the return on Ryan Callahan:

“It was my first time seeing him live in a game being his head coach and he brings a lot to the game. Poised with the puck, competitive nature when he doesn’t have it, finishes every check and for a player that is not that big in size he certainly plays a big game.”

Vigneault on the Rangers forecheck:

“I thought our guys did a good job of pressuring their defense and because of that we created some turnovers that led to some grade A scoring opportunities and we were able to capitalize on a couple.”

Ryan Callahan on the Rangers toughness:

“That was something addressed about the first game. We didn’t think we competed hard enough, especially with one on one battles. We thought we could’ve competed harder and I thought we did that tonight. From finishing our checks to making sure we were hard on them in the defensive zone and the offensive zone.”

Callahan on the team’s strong morale:

“It gets a little hectic on the bench just because you have guys filling in everywhere. Everyone is playing the same system. So no matter who you’re playing with that doesn’t change. Everyone just kept working and kept playing.”

Brad Richards on his play tonight:

“You contribute and you win and you can go and build on it and feel good about it. No matter what, the other night I felt more comfortable than I thought on the left wing, but we still were beat 4-1, so there’s some questions to what’s going on. I still have a lot of work to do over there, it’s not second nature yet. So, we’ll see. When you’re playing in the offensive zone with two guys that are creating like that, you’re going to get some chances and you’re going to set up some chances. That’s the main thing, we contributed tonight.”

Richards on Ryan McDonagh going down:

“Yeah, it didn’t look pretty. Luckily his heads okay. He’s the type of guy that will get through that.”

Richards on what changed in tonight’s game as to the previous games:

“We just played a lot more desperate hockey. I think we had the realization of what’s ahead of us on this road trip. You don’t know if you’re going to win or lose, that’s not why we won, we didn’t just say ‘we’re going to win’. We had a lot more battle. We went over some of the one-on-one battles that we lost and little things, details of the game that we lost. It’s not our trademark of how we’ve played the last few years. When we focus on that when we’re out there and we played a real solid first period, you could tell that we were back in the game. Everybody was physical and we handled their surges, and that was a good sign.”

Richards on winning:

“We want to get something on the board and we want everybody around us…we believe in what we’re doing and were in here doing it every day, but it never hurts to get two points on the board and get that out of the way. We still have some work to do in all areas, but it was night and day, the difference from a week ago how we were playing to how we played tonight with our compete level and battle level.”

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