For Alain Vigneault, the idea was to add some fresh legs and some juice to the dormant power play. Mark it down as a good try.

Rookie wings Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller replaced Derek Dorsett and Dan Carcillo, and defenseman Raphael Diaz -- who has a good chance to return in Game 4 -- dressed in place of John Moore Monday night.

Diaz, who had seen action in five playoff games with Montreal, played a solid 19:30, including 6:18 on the power-play point. He had a team-high six shots on goal and had three attempts blocked. Miller had three hits and no shots in 11:34. Fast was bloodied and lost a tooth on a high stick from James Neal, and played 8:38 on the fourth line.


Second-period blues

In this postseason, the Rangers have been outscored 12-5 in the second periods by the Flyers and Penguins . . . The Penguins managed only 15 shots on goal (just one in the third period as they protected their lead) . . . Dan Girardi rebounded after a tough Game 2. He had six hits and two of the Rangers' 17 blocked shots.

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Say what?

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said he doesn't think the Rangers' power play "is bad."

"They have had great scoring chances," Letang said. "The puck went across the crease today. Last game the puck went across the crease. We got good breaks tonight."

Said Brad Richards: "We deserved a better fate. We are going to score. That's going to happen, and when we do, we'll get momentum and we have to ride it."


Hurricanes eyeing Ulf

Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson was mentioned by TSN and the Raleigh Observer as a candidate for the Carolina Hurricanes' head-coaching job. Coach Kirk Muller and two assistants were let go Monday.