The New York Rangers are slowly climbing back into contention, but that doesn’t mean that Alain Vigneault has been happy with everything that he’s seen. The Blueshirts dropped a 3-2 decision to the New Jersey Devils last night, and the head coach had some choice words for Henrik Lundqvist after the netminder allowed what Vigneault viewed as a soft goal.
Katie Strang of ESPN New York quoted the coach after the contest last night, and he had this to say about the second goal against his team:
I’m not quite sure what happened there. It’s an easy first man on the puck. Mind you, it’s a routine save.
Here’s the play in question.
That’s a softie to be sure. Yet it’s interesting that Vigneault is going after Lundqvist in the press at this juncture, especially after how shaky and mentally rattled the netminder had been earlier in the season.
Lundqvist has played much better recently, and perhaps a bad goal every now and against is just part of the game. Especially when you’re making saves like this one.
Or this one.
For whatever reason, Vigneault still felt the need to call Lundqvist on the carpet though. Maybe he hadn’t been watching the entire contest, but the Rangers had a few more issues to worry about outside of a single soft goal allowed by the netminder. This was a very winnable game for New York, yet the offense couldn’t find a way to punch through and beat Martin Brodeur.
Maybe Vigneault wants Lundqvist to start scoring the goals too?