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

Three shot, one dead at Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital

A shooting in the psychiatric ward of Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital resulted in a dead female employee and an injured doctor, reports say.

National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Movies

Shia LaBeouf disorderly conduct case pushed to September

A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theater…

MLB

Phillies looking to trade Ryan Howard, eat :…

The Phillies have a $70 million problem on their hands: Ryan Howard.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.