The idea that a little contact can throw off Zdeno Chara left Milan Lucic shaking his head and wondering who exactly is drawing up the scouting reports for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sure, they went right at Boston's big, bad defenseman in Game 4. If they want to try that again, the Bruins had three words for them: Bring it on.
"Honestly, I don't know where they would get that scouting report from," Lucic said Friday. "He definitely doesn't mind the physical play at all. Once again, I don't know where they would get that scouting report from."
The Blackhawks seem to believe they were on to something after they challenged Chara in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals and came away with a 6-5 overtime victory.
The Bruins, meanwhile, reacted with a collective shrug. Either way, the series is knotted at two games apiece as it shifts back to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday.
"To be honest, we don't care what they thought they've figured out, because it's about us right now and making sure we're ready for Game 5," Boston's Patrice Bergeron said.
Chicago went right at Chara in Game 4 and came away with the belief that that's the way to neutralize the 6-foot-9 defenseman -- attack rather than avoid. For one night, the strategy worked.
Chara was on the ice for all but one of the Blackhawks' goals and was a minus-3 for the game, tying a season worst.
"I think maybe at times in the first couple games we were giving him a little bit too much respect by trying to keep the puck away from him," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "He's not a guy that we should be afraid of. We should go at him, protect the puck from him, make plays around him and through him."
Rangers: Alain Vigneault wasn't out of work for long. Just over four weeks after he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks, Vigneault took over as coach of the New York Rangers -- replacing John Tortorella three weeks after his dismissal.
Vigneault edged out former Rangers captain Mark Messier, longtime former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and others in landing the job as New York's new bench boss.
He was given a five-year deal.
"I was thinking about the opportunity to coach the New York Rangers, one of the Original Six teams," the 52-year-old Vigneault said. "There is not a chance I could pass that up. Honored and privileged I feel at this moment."
Meanwhile, ESPN.com reported that Tortorella is expected to be named the coach of the Canucks, replacing Vigneault.
Stars: Lindy Ruff is the new coach for Dallas, the team that clinched its only Stanley Cup championship on a goal he has always questioned.
Ruff was hired Friday by the Stars, 14 years after he joined thousands of Buffalo fans in the chant of "No goal!" in the aftermath of Brett Hull's Cup-clinching shot late in the third overtime of Game 6 in the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.
"It's a long time ago," Ruff said after being introduced. "I've had some great memories. I've gotten past that. I'm a coach, I want to coach, and this is an unbelievable opportunity."
Ruff was the Sabres' winningest coach (571-432-162 in 15 seasons) but was fired after Buffalo got off to a 6-10-1 this year.
Coyotes: Phoenix agreed to a long-term contract extension with coach Dave Tippett.