Konecny powers Flyers past Blackhawks 4-3 in Prague
PRAGUE (AP) — It was a successful home debut for Flyers coach Alain Vigneault — a long, long way from Philadelphia.
Travis Konecny had two goals and Vigneault won his first game with his new...
Flyers turn to winner Vigneault to snap championship drought
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning team that just flamed out in the first round of the playoffs is dotted with former New York Rangers who played in the 2014 Stanley Cup...
Flyers hire Alain Vigneault as head coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, hoping the veteran can help lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers hired Boston University's David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday, the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years.
Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. An introductory news conference was scheduled for Thursday.
NHL teams thinking outside the box to find coaches
Jim Nill could have picked anyone from an extensive list of experienced out-of-work NHL coaches to fill the Dallas Stars' vacancy.
Darryl Sutter has won the Stanley Cup twice, Dan Bylsma once, Alain Vigneault has made the Final twice and Dave Tippett is widely considered one of the best in hockey. Any of them could've been a nice fit, but the Stars general manger wanted to be comprehensive in his search.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — After firing coach Alain Vigneault, the New York Rangers have also dismissed two of his top assistants.
Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said Monday that associate coach Scott Arniel and Darryl Williams were let go the previous day. Gorton said Lindy Ruff is still on staff and intends to speak with him before deciding on his future.
Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs
The New York Rangers fired coach Alain Vigneault hours after they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
General manager Jeff Gorton announced the firing Saturday night, a full day before the end of the NHL regular season but long after New York's playoff hopes were gone.
The Rangers will begin searching for his replacement immediately.
Rangers to start G Georgiev at Montreal in NHL debut
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev is set to make his NHL debut for the New York Rangers when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old Russian was 12-11-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save-percentage in 31 games with Hartford of the AHL before being called up by the Rangers on Feb. 10.
Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith clears waivers, sent to AHL
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers sent Brendan Smith to Hartford of the American Hockey League after the defenseman cleared waivers on Friday.
The move came one day after Smith — re-signed to a four-year, $17 million deal last June — was waived on his 29th birthday.
Rangers say Zibanejad out with concussion, acquire Holland
NEW YORK (AP) — Rangers center Mika Zibanejad missed practice and is out with a concussion.
The team announced Zibanejad's status Thursday. New York also acquired depth center Peter Holland from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Adam Cracknell.
Coach Alain Vigneault said Zibanejad is going through the NHL's concussion protocol process. Zibanejad missed the Rangers' most recent game Tuesday against Florida.
Kreider, Fast lead Rangers to 6-1 win over Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The New York Rangers started fast Wednesday night and never slowed down.
Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast scored two goals apiece, including Kreider's first just 52 seconds into the game, and the Rangers rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ageless Lundqvist could be key to Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes
NEW YORK RANGERS
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Fourth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Ottawa Senators in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Alain Vigneault (fifth season, 16th NHL season).
ADDED: D Kevin Shattenkirk, D Tony DeAngelo, C David Desharnais, G Ondrej Pavelec, C Lias Andersson, C Filip Chytil.
LOST: C Derek Stepan, C Oscar Lindberg, G Antti Raanta, D Dan Girardi, D Kevin Klein, RW Brandon Pirri, D Adam Clendening.
Rangers head into offseason after second-round playoff loss
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two days after their season ended with a loss to Ottawa in the second round of the playoffs, the New York Rangers are still dealing with the defeat.
"We all believe we should still be playing," coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday. "We're not. It's very, very disappointing. It is going to take some time to get over."
Zuccarello leads Rangers in East semifinals against Senators
NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello has worked hard to become a consistent scoring leader for the New York Rangers.
The 29-year-old Norwegian shuffled between the minors and the NHL after signing with the Rangers in 2010. He spent the 2012-13 season in the KHL during the NHL lockout before re-signing with New York in March 2013. Zuccarello then had a breakout season after that and has led the Rangers in scoring three of the last four years.
After inconsistent season, Lundqvist shining in postseason
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — After struggling through a subpar season by his standards, Henrik Lundqvist was at his best when the Rangers needed him in the first round.
The 35-year-old goalie will again have to be at the top of his game against Ottawa for New York to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in six years.
"Hank has been through this before," coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday after the Rangers began preparing to face the Senators in the conference semifinals.
Zuccarello, Rangers beat Canadiens 3-1 to reach East semis
NEW YORK (AP) — With his team trailing after a lackluster effort in the first 20 minutes, Mats Zuccarello came through in the second period to help the New York Rangers get a big series-clinching win.
Zuccarello scored twice and the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
MONTREAL (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist got over his troubles with the Montreal Canadiens in a hurry.
The New York goalie survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers' 2-0 victory Wednesday night in their playoff opener.
It will be up to the Canadiens to come up with an answer in Game 2 on Friday night at Bell Centre, or risk heading to New York down two games in the best-of-seven series.
Rangers end regular season with 3-2 victory over Penguins
NEW YORK (AP) — With little at stake in the regular-season finale, the Rangers and Penguins just wanted to get through it unscathed.
Now both teams can focus on the playoffs as they chase the Stanley Cup.
Jimmy Vesey scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Rangers beat the Penguins 3-2 Sunday night.
Playoff-bound Capitals, Rangers rest banged-up players
WASHINGTON (AP) — Locked into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers rested six banged-up players for their game Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals.
Rangers outlast Maple Leafs for 2-1 win in shootout
TORONTO (AP) — Mika Zibanejad helped the New York Rangers continue their strong play in February.
Zibanejad scored the shootout winner and the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and J.T. Miller scored the game-tying goal in the third period for the Rangers, who improved to 8-1-1 this month.
New York moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division with 80 points.
Kreider scores in OT, Rangers beat Sabres 2-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Rangers put on another successful off-Broadway performance.
Chris Kreider scored 3:56 into overtime and the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Thursday night after consecutive home losses.
Mats Zuccarello scored in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shot, including two in the extra period, for the Rangers.
"You had everything you needed in a hockey game," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Timely saves and a timely goal in the end."
Rangers give coach Alain Vigneault two-year extension
NEW YORK (AP) — Alain Vigneault didn't have to think long about whether he wanted an extension with the New York Rangers. So it was all settled pretty quickly.
Vigneault and the Rangers announced a new two-year deal Tuesday that runs through the 2019-20 season.
"It was a pretty easy decision as far as you're a coach and you want to have a chance and you got a first-class organization," the 55-year-old Vigneault said.
Wild chase Lundqvist, beat Rangers 7-4 for 10th straight win
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Wild are red hot.
So, too, is New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. For a completely different reason.
Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter and Marco Scandella scored in a 5-minute span early in the second period, and the Wild beat the Rangers 7-4 on Friday night for their franchise-record 10th straight win.
Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime
CHICAGO (AP) — New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault felt so good about Antti Raanta's return to Chicago that he kept Henrik Lundqvist on the bench for the second straight night.
Turned out quite well for Vigneault and company.
Raanta made 26 saves against his former team, Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime and the Rangers blanked the Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday.
"It was great to come here and play," Raanta said. "A little nervous, but it was a good thing it ended like this."
Raanta starts 2nd straight game; Lundqvist on Rangers bench
CHICAGO (AP) — Goaltender Antti Raanta made his second straight start for the New York Rangers on Friday night, leaving Henrik Lundqvist on the bench.
Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, improving to 6-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average in nine games this season. Even with the games on back-to-back nights, coach Alain Vigneault opted to start Raanta again at Chicago.
Kreider scores 2 in 3rd to lift Rangers past Hurricanes 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time this week, the New York Rangers used a strong third period at home to beat the Carolina Hurricanes.
Chris Kreider scored twice 4:46 apart late in the third period to lift the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday.
"We found a way in the third period," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "When the game was on the line, to play our best hockey to get two points, we'll take it and get ready for the next game."
Miller, Fast, Buchnevich lead Rangers past Jets 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Although the New York Rangers didn't play an especially dominant style, they did enough to keep up their winning play.
J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich scored 4:04 apart late in the second period to lead the high-scoring Rangers to their fifth straight victory, 5-2 over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.
Stepan, Hayes score short-handed as Rangers beat Bruins 5-2
BOSTON (AP) — Facing one of the NHL's hottest goaltenders didn't slow down the New York Rangers.
Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes each scored short-handed goals, Antti Raanta made 35 saves and the surging Rangers beat the Boston Bruins and goalie Tuukka Rask 5-2 on Saturday night.
"We didn't play our best game, but we found a way to make a couple of plays and beat one of the goaltenders that had been one of the hottest so far in the league," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
Kreider’s 2 points lift Rangers to 7-4 win over Sharks
NEW YORK (AP) — When the New York Rangers selected Chris Kreider with the 19th pick in the 2009 draft, stardom was expected.
Entering his fourth NHL season, the left wing may be beginning to live up to the projections.
"He's a power forward who is playing to his strengths," New York coach Alain Vigneault said after Kreider had a goal and an assist for the third straight game as the Rangers beat the San Jose Sharks 7-4 on Monday night.
NEW YORK – Rangers coach Alain Vigneault promised a very competitive camp, and the Rangers most certainly delivered.
It was competitive to the point where Vigneault had to scrap his original plan of having pretty much his opening-night lineup for the final preseason game, a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia at the Garden on Thursday.
Rangers sign three players, including Dylan McIlrath
Alain Vigneault loves to use the phrase “one more kick at the can.” That’s certainly suitable for Madison Square Garden crowd-pleasing defenseman Dylan McIlrath in terms of his future with the Rangers, though that will be determined, in part, by the coach’s willingness to use him regularly.
The bruising, 6-foot-5, 220-pound McIlrath led a trio of signings announced by the Rangers on Friday, including ex-Flames forward Josh Jooris, who could help the Rangers’...