Alain Vigneault didn't want to risk a fine for bashing the league. So in his postgame remarks Sunday, he cited "friends" who have been critical of the way calls have gone against the Rangers this season.
Asked about a disallowed goal after a video review in Toronto, Vigneault said: "I think at one time I said -- this is not me saying this, this is some of my friends that say -- 'They make it up as they go along.' So I'm just going to leave it at that. From the replay I saw, you can't see the puck. Maybe I can assume that it's under the goaltender's pad in the goal."
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Vigneault said the officials told him that "Toronto said it was inconclusive. It doesn't matter what I think."
6th shutout this season
The Rangers were shut out for the sixth time this season and the first time since a 5-0 loss to the Lightning on Nov. 25. "We came out real strong, followed the plan, did what we had to do defensively," Vigneault said. "We did everything but finish. We threw enough pucks at the net, thought we'd get a bounce, we didn't."
Said Rick Nash, who had five shots: "I think any time you lose, you always think you can get more."
Martin St. Louis, who had no shots on goal, did not score for the seventh consecutive game since March 5, when he was acquired from Tampa Bay for Ryan Callahan and two draft picks . . . Ryan McDonagh led the Rangers with six shots . . . The Rangers have killed 23 straight penalties . . . The Rangers fly to Ottawa Monday and will face the Senators Tuesday in the first game of a three-city trip. They will visit the Blue Jackets, who are ahead of them in the Metropolitan Division, on Friday and play the Devils Saturday at Prudential Center.