Alain Vigneault doesn't come down hard on Rangers
Surprisingly, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn't take as harsh a view of his team's back-to-back losses as one might have expected.
"Five-on-five in both games, we outchanced the opposition three-to-one," he said. "We had some Grade-A opportunities to put the puck in the net and we didn't. Are there things we could have done better or did we meet two goaltenders that were on the top of their game? Boston has done that in three games we played them. In the first game in this building, we outplayed them and couldn't score. In Boston, we were up 2-1 going into the third and we gave them three chances and they scored twice. You can't play a perfect game and I don't expect that from our team."
It appears that Derek Dorsett came back too early from his broken left leg.
The left wing didn't reinjure or aggravate anything during the 4-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday, but he was scratched against the Bruins Sunday night in favor of Dominic Moore.
Dorsett, who played only 8:42 in Philadelphia, was in the penalty box on Wayne Simmonds' power-play goal late in the second period that snapped a 2-2 tie.
With Dorsett having been sidelined since Jan. 3, Vigneault said his timing was off and that he needs more practice.
Moore was back at center and Brian Boyle returned to the wing. He played only 10:47. Moore, who had won 59 percent of his draws in the last 28 games, was 4-for-12. Daniel Carcillo led the team with five hits as the third man on the trio.
Derek Stepan had two assists and has 12 points in the last 13 games . . . Henrik Lundqvist is 22-20-3 . . . Kevin Klein, who moved up to the second defensive pair with Marc Staal, had a game-high five blocked shots in 18:32 . . . Derick Brassard had no shots on goal and his point streak ended at eight games . . . Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin each was minus-3.