by Patrick Hoffman on 09/22/09 at 11:27 PM ET
From Stan Fischler at MSGNetwork.com:
Given his druthers and his competitive nature, Henrik Lundqvist likely would want to play all 82 games of the Rangers season.
In a theoretical world, why shouldn’t he?
In a real world, Glenn Hall of the Chicago Blackhawks once had a streak of 503 consecutive games—and he did it without wearing a protective mask.
But that was then and this is now with John Tortorella coaching the Blueshirts and not Rudy Pilous coaching the 1960s Blackhawks when Hall didn’t even have a back-up goalie.
If there’s one item that remains stuck in my mind after conversing with Torts this offseason, it was his insistence that Lundqvist play fewer games than he did last year. The coach based his proposal on the Rangers sudden collapse in the first playoff round against Washington after having built a three-games-to-one lead. He remained convinced that Henny had become worn down.
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