In a post-practice briefing, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault seemed to infer that Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau tried to rub it in during the later stages of the 6-0 rout in Anaheim on Oct. 10.

            "it was 6-nothing, there was six minutes left, we get a penalty, and they put out their top unit on the ice. So...they're a good team."

             Asked if that strategy was a motivating factor tonight, when the Ducks visit the Garden, Vigneault said: "I'm not concerned with how other teams utilize their people. I've got to focus on how I'm going to utilize our players tonight to make sure we're ready for an opponent that's one of the best in the league."

             When told of AV's comments, Boudreau asked:

            "Have you seen our power-play record? I'm just saying...I don't know that it was much better. If you looked at the power play after, we had the fourth line guys out there...they were only on for 40 seconds. He can make of it what he wants. We hadn't scored a power play goal, I think, this year on the power play up to that point. They needed to get a little work. They didn't do anything. He should be happy that they were on."

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