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A Confidence Building Win For Henrik Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

On any other night in any other year, this one would have been routine for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist.

But considering the Bizarro World in which the franchise goaltender and has lived over the past days, if not weeks, Thursday’s 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, in which Lundqvist played a significant role, was anything but usual.

“I think this was a big game for me,” Lundqvist said in a king-sized understatement. “Sometimes a win means a little bit more and you enjoy it a little bit extra.”

The Rangers buckled down fundamentally all over the ice, but most especially in the area in front of the net they had begun to vacate as a matter of routine while losing three straight in regulation and six of their previous 11 (5-6), since Dec. 20.

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Video- Chris Kreider Fined For Hitting Cody Eakin With His Helmet

 

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A Goalie Problem For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...If there was one constant on Broadway, it was Lundqvist’s consistent excellence through which he infused his team with confidence night after night after night and allowed the Rangers to overcome deficiencies anywhere and sometimes everywhere else.

Until now.

In words that have most assuredly never been previously typed: Lundqvist has allowed 16 goals on 76 shots in 138:18 (.789/6.94) over his last seven periods after being torched for seven in 40 minutes Tuesday night at the Garden before being mercifully pulled for Magnus Hellberg in the Rangers’ 7-6 defeat to the Stars.

This is a crisis of confidence for the goaltender, who no longer looks at ease in making even the most routine save. And this is a crisis for the Rangers, who seem to be suffering a concurrent collective nervous breakdown of their own in front of the team’s signature athlete.

Lundqvist was both figuratively and literally helpless in this one, with his teammates appearing to have only the most casual acquaintance with the concept of playing defense in falling behind 7-3 by the 17:40 mark of the second period before a furious push in the third period produced a 25-4 shot advantage and several last-ditch chances to get at least a point.

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Dump Video Review

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It was an epic fail. A botched call so egregious it calls the National Hockey League’s entire replay review process into question and the worst blown call you will see — until the next one.

It was the latest argument for sending the Toronto War Room the way of the dodo and bringing some kind of sanity to the way calls are made in the NHL, because this isn’t working.

By now, you’ve seen the replay 1,243 times and you’re as baffled as I am. At the 6:20 mark of the second period Saturday night, with the Rangers and Canadiens tied at 1-1, New York centreman Kevin Hayes blows in on Carey Price, tries a deke and is stopped on a pretty good save.

Hayes’s momentum carries him into Price’s pad and in a play I’ve never seen in 50 years watching hockey, he drags the goaltender four or five feet away from the net. With Price conveniently out of the net, Rick Nash whacks the puck into the net and the Rangers take a 2-1 lead.

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Video- You Make The Call On This Rick Nash Goal

 

Coach's challenge, goal upheld, ruled incidental contact outside the crease

 

 

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Video- Andrew Shaw Hit On Jesper Fast

Shaw received 5 for interference, 5 for fighting and a game misconduct.

 

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Can the New York Rangers Halt the Montreal Canadiens?

By Jonathan Hill,

The New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens this coming weekend who currently sit top of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. It’s a mouth watering tie with both teams currently in form and looking to take advantage of other team’s poor performances. Can the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers for the 31st time? Or will the New York Rangers show they are no pushovers and edge what could be a thrilling encounter? The game could be filled with goals, and below we’ll have a look at what we can expect to see from this matchup.

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The Lundqvist Plan Is Not Working

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The theory in radically reducing Henrik Lundqvist’s workload so the Rangers’ franchise goaltender would be fresher for the long haul of a deep playoff run is certainly sound.

But in practice, it is not working.

Because there was yet another goal (or two) the goaltender would have wanted back in Friday’s dispiriting 4-2 defeat to the Maple Leafs at the Garden that followed a simple, yet stirring tribute to the late NYPD Det. Steven McDonald that featured a ceremonial puck drop from his wife, Patti Ann, and son, Conor.

Because it was yet another game in which Lundqvist, who seemed off-balance throughout, had trouble with his reads. Another game in which a funny one went in reasonably early to put the Rangers in a hole.

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Henrik Lundqvist’s Hockey Life

from Henrik Lundqvist at The Players' Tribune,

Dear eight-year-old Henrik,

Tomorrow, the direction of your life is going to change.

For the past two years, you have loved to ice skate. First, you skated on the little sand pit that your Kindergarten teachers froze over in the winter. Then, once you got really brave, you skated on the frozen ponds of Åre, the tiny skiing village where you live. Well, it’s not tiny to you now, but just wait, because life is going to take you to some very interesting places, and that journey starts tomorrow.

Tomorrow, you’ll get to play organized hockey for the first time at a real rink. You and your twin brother, Joel, won’t be able to contain your excitement. Your poor mom … settle down, please.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Lose After Leading 4-1

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Tortorella waited weeks for adversity to appear over the horizon. As the 16-game win streak unfurled like an open stretch of highway, the Blue Jackets’ coach kept warning folks the top-down, wind-through-the-hair joy ride could not last forever.

It ended last night at 9:35 inside a stunned Nationwide Arena. It ended with backup goalie Curtis McElhinney unable to make key saves and reliable defenseman Seth Jones turning over the puck to the fastest skater on the ice, Michael Grabner, who scored a breakaway goal with 16.5 seconds remaining.

The Blue Jackets, arguably the NHL’s best third-period team, surrendered three goals and lost 5-4 before a standing-room-only sellout crowd of 19,001 fans.Having the win string snapped in Washington with a 5-0 defeat on Thursday is one thing. Blowing a 4-1 lead in a game the Blue Jackets were dominating is quite another.

“This one stings,” captain Nick Foligno said. “The last game, you can say it was the streak and we have to put it behind us, but this one really bothers us because we had enough goals to win the game.”

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