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Rangers’ Vigneault believes Claude Julien ‘needs to check his eyesight’

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Rangers’ Vigneault believes Claude Julien ‘needs to check his eyesight’

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The two coaches aren't happy about the play, which landed Brad Marchand in the penalty box after he collided with Henrik Lundqvist during the third period on Friday.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy with the third period penalty assessed to Brad Marchand during Friday’s 4-3 win over the Rangers.

Marchand was penalized for goaltender interference after he bumped into Rangers’ starter Henrik Lundqvist.

J.T. Miller scored on the ensuing power play to briefly give New York a 3-2 lead.

Following the game, Julien voiced his displeasure over the Marchand penalty.

“I was upset when it first happened,” Julien said. “I think this is the second time, in preseason Lundqvist did the same thing. I know he does some acting on the side, but I don’t think it needs to be the ice. Referees are there to protect goaltenders, and they should, but goaltenders shouldn’t take advantage of referees. He may think it’s a good play for his team, get a power play, but we’re all trying to get that out of our game.

“If my guys do that, I’m going to address it. I’m not hypocritical about that."

After hearing Julien’s comments, Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault responded on Saturday.

“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said per Pat Leonard of the Daily News. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand?

“For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”

For those wondering, the Bruins and Rangers meet again on Jan. 11 at MSG.

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Rangers’ Vigneault believes Claude Julien ‘needs to check his eyesight’