What we learned about Peter Laviolette when Rangers got feisty

For a moment, I thought Peter Laviolette was leading Alain Vigneault, the head coach who led the Rangers to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals and the Presidents Trophy, but now he’s telling the club to turn the other cheek. forever tainted.

(But it’s completely different. Let’s review it.)

That’s the label that’s been applied to Vigneault ever since the 2011 Presidents Trophy-winning Canucks were allowed to be bullied by the Bruins in a seven-game series played Boston’s way, especially with Brad Marchand. It was notable that he used Daniel Sedin’s face as a speed bag to mark him. Game 6 Resistance.

In the first round of the 2014 playoffs, Vigneault was obsessed with making a “whistle” play against the lowly Flyers, who somehow beat the Blueshirts to seven games.

The Rangers are essentially a skill team, save for a brief black-and-blue shirt interlude under coach John Tortorella, and they lost Henrik Lundqvist for nearly two months to a severe vascular injury in 2014-15. Despite this, he achieved the best performance in the NHL. He had a bullet in his throat.

They defeated the Penguins in five games, then rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Caps in the second round on Derek Stepan’s Game 7 overtime winner. However, they lost 3-2 in the conference finals, suffered a 2-0 shutout in Game 5 at the Garden, and faced elimination in Game 6 at Tampa.

Former Rangers coach Alain Vigneault famously said this during the 2015 Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning.
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The Blueshirts responded. They overwhelmed the Lightning 7-3, sending the series back to New York. In the first period, there was an incident in which Steven Stamkos slammed Ryan McDonough (who, unbeknownst to the public, was playing in his second game with a broken leg) into the wall. Stepan and Chris Kreider also responded, giving the No. 20 an extra two minutes of time. Trailing 2-0, Tampa Bay scored a power play goal to pull within 2-1. Rangers scored the next three goals.

When asked the next morning what he thought of this reaction, Vigneault gave the most tone-deaf answer imaginable.

“I mean, at some point, you might be happy for a player to protect his teammates,” he said. [referees] If you were going to call, you’d be tempted to turn the other cheek and say let’s play. ”

Kreider and the Rangers came from behind in Game 7 at home, losing yet another 2-0 in a lackluster game. The Blueshirts haven’t come close since then.

Last week, it was just days after Ryan Lindgren was given an unsportsmanlike penalty for adjacent to a tangle in front of him in an eventual 2-1 win over the Coyotes.

“I don’t like to retaliate or do anything after the whistle blows,” Laviolette said. “I think the frustration is that on any given day, things can go wrong for everyone.

When Will Quill was trucked in by the Predators’ Jeremy Lauzon on Oct. 19, the Rangers barely reacted.
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“But as a group, and I’m not talking about him, we want to avoid retaliation and being shunned out of anger and frustration.”

Upon further investigation, there was no talk of turning the other cheek. There were nuances.

Perhaps the Rangers misunderstood, but on Thursday, Nashville’s Jeremy Lauzon hit Will Quill for the tying goal late in the second period, but there was no response. That was one of the many things missing from the 4-1 loss at the Garden.

That was an inflection point that people took notice of.

And midway through the third period in Seattle on Saturday, when Yanni Gould delivered a punishing legal blow to Filip Szitil, Adam Fox first hit Gould from behind to hit him back, then Kreider hit him with a cross. I fired a check or two.

This time, he did not tolerate mistreatment of his teammates. I didn’t turn my cheek. The Rangers, who were leading 4-1 at this point, won the game with that score.

Rangers manager Peter Laviolette made a distinction between “retribution” and “physicality.”
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“[Thursday] A lot of different things happened that night,” Laviolette said. “Physicality comes in many forms. It could be face-off battles, puck battles, or protecting your teammates…”

Rangers did their best for their teammates. The coach sounded as if he approved. There is no channeling there.

Panarin is not overcooked.

Laviolette double-shifted Artemi Panarin several times, keeping him at No. 10 with linemates Sitil and Alexis Lafrenière, while also allowing Quill and Vincent Trocheck to replace Blake Wheeler.

And Panarin, the team’s best forward after a 3-2 start, leads Rangers forwards with an average of 19:00 of ice time per game, 36 seconds less than No. 10 last year.

Artemi Panarin leads the team in average ice time, but it’s down from last season.
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This is Panarin’s lowest ice time per game since he logged 18 minutes, 31 seconds as a rookie with the Blackhawks in 2015-16.

Panarin’s 19:00 is 58 seconds less than Mika Zibanejad’s average ice time per game as the club’s top forward last season.

Foreliner players are averaging between Jimmy Vesey’s 9:41 per game and Barclay Goodrow’s 11:10.

Defense on/off numbers

Fox was never on the ice for a goal in 85:57 of 5-on-5 play, and the Rangers’ three goals came over 24:27 with Erik Gustafsson.

The pairing of Fox and Lindgren didn’t score for or against in 54 minutes, 46 seconds.

Ryan Lindgren and Adam Fox played five-on-five for nearly 55 minutes but were unable to score.
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The third pair of Gustafsson and Braden Schneider came in with an xGF percentage of 61.41 (all stats by Natural Stat Trick) while scoring 3 goals and 1 goal in 45:08.

Fox and Lindgren have an xGF% of 57.74, while Quandre Miller and Jacob Trouba have three and four goals for the Rangers, checking in at 48.24.

Which line do you think it is?

Perhaps surprisingly, the unit of Quill, Trocheck, and Wheeler has a club-best xGF% up front of 69.23, with Kreider, Zibanejad, and Kaapo Kakko at 68.91, and the trio of Panarin, Chytil, and Lafniere at 56.32. Goodrow, Nick Bonino, and Vesey combine to have the club’s best forward xGF% at 69.23. (3 games) 36.01 points, Goodrow-Bonino-Tyler-Pitlick trio (2 games) 34.02 points (all numbers) Provided by Natural Stat Trick).

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