Alain Vigneault looking for Brad Richards to contribute more

Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards
Vigneault wants the line of Brad Richards, left, and Martin St. Louis to step up.
Credit: Getty Images

It would be hyperbole to label Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final a referendum on Brad Richards’ legacy as a Ranger.

Yet, there was no masking head coach Alain Vigneault’s message to Richards and his linemates following the Rangers’ morning skate Monday at the Garden.

More, much more, is expected.

“I’m sure Brad, with his experience, knows that their whole line needs to be better,” Vigneault said.

Game 2 was not one the line of Richards, Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin will add to their resumes.

The Rangers’ second line was ghastly in the 5-4 double overtime loss Saturday night, notwithstanding St. Louis’ goal and the trio’s 12 attempted shots. Richards, St. Louis and Hagelin combined for a minus-8 rating in the game, and the trio was on the ice for Dustin Brown’s game-winning goal.

“If you look at the stats on that night, it obviously wasn’t one of their better nights,” Vigneault said. “They’re veteran guys. They’ve been around. They can evaluate their game real well. I’m sure they’re going to have a good bounce-back game.

“Brad is a veteran player. I know he’s going to respond real well. I’m confident that’s what he’s going to do.”

For a team which found itself trailing 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final, despite having held multiple goal leads in the first two games, the Rangers spoke confidently about their prospects heading into the first Stanley Cup Final game contested in New York City since June 14, 1994.

“I think we have to be willing to compete,” Dan Girardi said. “Willing to make the right play every shift. They don’t take a shift off. They’re throwing everything they have at us.

“We need to be ready every shift to compete, make every little play. Obviously in the two overtimes, little plays hurt us. We had the lead for the majority of the two games, [so] obviously we’ve been doing something right. We just have to find a way to [not] take a shift off, or don’t make a little mistake that will cost us.”

Costly mistakes were themes in Games 1 and 2. Girardi couldn’t clear the puck in Game 1, leading to Justin Williams’ game-winner in overtime. In Game 2, Ryan McDonagh was unable to clear Brown from the slot, and the Kings’ captain was able to deflect Willie Mitchell’s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist.

“They don’t take any shifts off,” Girardi said. “Every time they come onto the ice you know you’re going to see the same thing from them: They’re going to be on the forecheck, hard, banging bodies, putting pucks to the net. They do that really consistently.

“They’ve been [in the Stanley Cup Final] before, and they have a lot of playoff experience. We have to make sure we find that extra level to compete with their high energy.”

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

Gossip

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

Music

Incubus singer Brandon Boyd on his newest act,…

The rocker is releasing two new passion projects.

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…