NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault may be the picture of calm and cool, but even he knows that game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals is a must-win scenario for his team.
The Rangers are down 2-0 in the best of 7 series and can ill afford to lose Monday’s contest vs. the Los Angeles Kings.
“Until you face elimination, that’s as close as we can get. … There’s a lot of good things that we’re doing on the ice. There’s a couple things that we need to clean up that we’re going to address tomorrow with our group. But for the most part, we’re given ourselves a real good chance, and that’s what we’re gonna try to do tomorrow,” the coach said Sunday after the Blueshirts arrived back in NY from their two losses in Los Angeles.
The Rangers held leads throughout the first two games but couldn’t hold on to them, which has to be a concern.
Their coach remains confident despite the near-dire situation.
“I know they came back from a two-goal deficit again last night, but their third goal [when Los Angeles winger Dwight King might have interfered with New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the play] you can look at it any way you want, but at the end of the day that shouldn’t have been a goal in my opinion,” Vigneault said. “They got three chances in the third if you count that one, and two of them went in and we were a little bit unlucky. We were playing really solid and sometimes stuff like that happens. I believe it’s going to even out, and I believe we’re going to win the next game.”