Post-Game 4: Rangers coach on Hockey Gods

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Comments from Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after his team’s 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final…
Q. How would you describe your team’s performance tonight and how proud are you of the way they played?
VIGNEAULT: Well, it was a real tough game I think for L.A. It was probably [...]

Game 4: Morning Skate comments from Kings Darryl Sutter

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Comments from Kings coach Darryl Sutter following the team’s morning skate in advance of Game 4 vs. the New York Rangers…
Q. Have you ever been a guy that could read a team’s mental state off of a morning skate or is it all going to be a mystery?
SUTTER: I think once you get to know [...]

Game 4: Morning skate comments from Rangers coach

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Comments from Rangers coach Alain Vigneault following the team’s Game 4 morning skate at Madison Square Garden in New York City…
Q. Is the mood different from yesterday? The guys seemed a little down yesterday. You thought they’d be more upbeat today.
VIGNEAULT: Not sure what you guys expected. But I think our overall mood was the [...]

Lombardi explains his sit down meeting with Doughty after Game 1

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In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, New York Rangers Chris Kreider caught Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the face with the butt-end of his stick. Obviously, Doughty wasn’t happy about it. However, the way he responded to teammate Jeff Carter on the bench was even more a concern for GM Dean Lombardi.
Thus, the [...]

Tuesday: Rangers coach on team’s lack of energy

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Comments from Rangers coach Alain Vigneault during media availibilty on Tuesday afternoon at MSG…
Q. You said you’d take the night to think about what to say to your team. Do you have something in mind now?
VIGNEAULT: You know, all the talk that we can have around trying to spin this any way you want, 29 [...]

Sundays with Sutter: Coach is talkative after landing in NYC

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Comments from Kings coach Darryl Sutter after landing in New York City on Sunday, in advance of Game 3 vs. the Rangers…
Q. Almost every player to a man, including you, have been saying, We can’t keep doing this, we can’t keep falling behind, it’s not going to work. Yet you keep doing it. How are [...]

Coach Speak: Sutter vs Vigneault after LA 2OT win in Game 2

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Comments from Kings coach Darryl Sutter and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault following LA’s 5-4 double-overtime win in Game 2 of the Stanley CUp Final…
Q. Willie Mitchell’s performance tonight?
SUTTER: Played a lot of minutes. Haven’t seen the final.  Those four guys played 35 minutes for us.
Q. What do you take away from your team’s ability to [...]

FRIDAY: Sutter has a lot to say after Kings practice

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Comments from Kings coach Darryl Sutter following the team’s practice on Friday at TSC…
Q. During the San Jose series when you put together Carter’s line with the two young wingers, what was your thought process?
SUTTER: We wanted to get, first off, our four centermen in that position, so we just felt we matched up better.  [...]

Thursday: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault plots his next move

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Comments from Rangers coach Alain Vigneault during Thursday morning’s media availability…
Q. Obviously Dan’s pass did not lose the game last night. When a  guy makes a play like that that’s so out there at the end, what is the
dynamic of how difficult it is when you have two days till you play another  game?
VIGNEAULT: [...]

Darryl Sutter quotes after Kings Game 1 OT win

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Comments from Kings coach Darryl Sutter after the team’s 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 vs. the Rangers…
Q. The early part of the game, was that them or was that you guys a little sluggish coming out?
SUTTER: I think they had a lot of energy and were fresh. If you look at their playoffs in [...]