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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

On Rangers stage, conductor Vigneault lets the music play

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault shares a light moment

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In today's briefing, on freshly-cut grass inside a white tent outside the Rangers practice complex in Westchester that made it almost seem like a summer concert or reception, head coach Alain Vigneault was asked how he remains so calm and collected, as players describe him.

And he told this story:

"I started coaching when I was 23 years old; I went back to school after my brilliant 42-game...

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Four of 7, or one game, winner take all? Vigneault: One game

Alain Vigneault reacts after the Rangers scored against

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Very short briefing from Alain Vigneault tonight; here's the quotes:

Looking back, Vigneault said: “If you asked me before the series started---with the firepower they have---if I preferred to play four out of seven or one game, winner-take-all, I would’ve probably taken the one game. And that’s what we have tonight.”         

On the importance...

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Heard around: Vigneault, forward options, Moore

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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- One of coach Alain Vigneault’s changes is to hold the morning skate on game days at Madison Square Garden rather than at the training facility in Greenburgh. Vigneault and almost every player live in Manhattan, so the commute is easier. Not for Anton Stralman, however, who resides in Westchester with his family. Some days, it has taken him 90 minutes to drive to the Garden in rush hour. “I don’t...

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Heard around: Orr's book, Vigneault, Anisimov

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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- The book “Orr: My Story” is a good read. But hearing former Rangers defenseman Dave Maloney talk about his rookie encounter with the Bruins icon is a good listen. “It was my first year in Buffalo and he came down the left side and went around me so fast, he had to stop and turn around to see if anybody else was onside,” Maloney recalled. “I never saw that,” said veteran broadcaster Doc Emrick,...

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Rick Nash update, Miller back in lineup, Dom Moore improving

 

           As for the speculation that with Rick Nash (concussion) missing his 12th game, the Rangers may be looking to add some offense in a trade,  head coach Alain Vigneault said:

             “I think we need to get the pieces that we have here to play better....

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Captain Ryan Callahan returns vs. Ducks

 

                After missing seven games with a broken left thumb, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is dressing against Anaheim at Madison Square Garden. Callahan, who broke the finger blocking a shot in Washington on Oct. 16, was scheduled to be out three to four weeks, but he was cleared Sunday.

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Vigneault trying to reach Benoit 'Goes to the moon' Pouliot

New York Rangers' Benoit Pouliot controls the puck

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Maybe Benoit Pouliot, a fine fellow and fourth overall draft pick in 2005, needs a nickname.

 "Le Astronaut"?

"Apollo 67"?

Or maybe just "La Lune"?

Pouliot, 27, has two goals and an assist for the Rangers, who signed the left wing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract. The Blueshirts are his fifth NHL club, and he was pretty productive in...

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Callahan practices, Moore out with oblique, Lundqvist in goal

 

               Although he’s frustrated with being sidelined, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s broken left thumb is healing on schedule and he skated with his teammates Thursday morning before the Sabres game for the first time since the injury.

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