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Alain Vigneault singles out trio of Rangers

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on during

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on during training camp at the Madison Square Garden training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., on Sept. 20, 2014. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

After a five-goal third period produced a 5-4 victory over the Wild Monday night, three Rangers were singled out by coach Alain Vigneault.

"The third period, Brass, Zuke and Nasher [Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash] took the game over,'' Vigneault said. "It was one of the best periods I've seen three guys play in a long time. Brass' line really took over that period, gave us momentum. They played quick and strong in front of their net."

Zuccarello, who said Saturday that he hadn't been sleeping well after starting the season goal-less in eight games, had the game-winner and two assists in the third. Brassard had a goal and two assists. Nash had a goal and an assist. That's eight points for the trio.

Big one for Duclair

Anthony Duclair's first NHL goal was memorable.

With the Rangers trailing 4-3 late in the third period, the 19-year-old stormed down the right side with a pass from Matt Hunwick and ripped a wrister off Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper for the tie.

"I saw a little opening there, a little blocker [side]," said Duclair, who wore the Broadway Hat afterward. "It squeezed through, luckily."

Because the Rangers had spent 14 minutes killing penalties in the first two periods, Duclair had played only six minutes. Said Vigneault, "He was fresh, showed a burst of speed on the wing and beat the goaltender on a pretty good shot."


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