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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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The New York Rangers With An Unacceptable Loss To The Buffalo Sabres

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Maybe in their minds, the Rangers were partying the night away shirtless in Miami at the Bieber Bash.

Yeah, that must be it.

Because, honestly, there is no acceptable explanation for the Blueshirts’ collective forfeiture of Tuesday’s match against the 28th-overall club from Buffalo at the Garden by the afterthought score of 4-1.

They stayed on the stool, threw in the towel, pleaded nolo contendre. They couldn’t make a play, wouldn’t or couldn’t move their feet, couldn’t complete a pass, couldn’t construct more than a shift or two of coherence.

And the thing is, a game like this just a couple of weeks removed from separate yet almost equally odious performances in drubbings by the Penguins and Wild is enough to make you question the underpinnings, if not the validity, of this 26-13-1 enterprise.


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The New York Rangers Thumped At Home

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

’Twas the ghost of seasons past at the Garden on Friday night for a 7-4 Rangers loss to the Wild that came three days after a 7-2 pasting in Pittsburgh.

The scope of the drubbings by these two very good teams not only will hang over the three-day Christmas recess, but also it prompted Alain Vigneault to give a coach’s version of ‘Bah! Humbug!’ ”

“As much as it might have looked that we gave a pass on the prior game, there is definitely not a pass on this one here,” Vigneault said. “We need quite a few players to up their level. This is a challenging league and to win, you better play well. Tonight we didn’t have enough guys playing well.

“There’s no excuse for tonight. We had one line — Step’s line — that gave its ‘A’ game,” Vigneault said in referring to the Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello unit that was zoned in from the start and was in on all four New York goals. “When you’re playing a team that’s won nine in a row, you have to bring your best and we had one line going.

“The rest just weren’t good enough, from the goaltender on out.”

The goaltender was Henrik Lundqvist. At least it was until he yielded three goals — on two of which he looked bad — on four shots within the first 4:55 of the second period. That was after he had surrendered a soft one to Mikael Granlund midway through the first period that allowed the Wild to tie it 1-1 after Kreider had opened the scoring at 3:54.


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Talking About The Cody Eakin Hit On Henrik Lundqvist

from Ruffled Lines,

Lindy Ruff up first...

On the Cody Eakin ejection:

“I understand the call. There was no intent on his part. As a penalty killer he’s trying to gain speed so he can get back. I watched the play and Henrik (Lundqvist) was off the wall originally and I think he just mishandled it for a second.  When he went to go play it, he went into the wall. Cody said he was just trying to jump by him. I know it doesn’t look that way but there was no intent on his part.”

Stars Forward Cody Eakin

On the play with Lundqvist:

“I was coming in pretty fast, trying to create some energy, and my intention was to go for the puck. Obviously, it was not to make contact with him or his head. The collision carried me a little bit off my feet.”

On receiving discipline from the League:

“I’m sure I’ll hear something and we’ll go from there. The game just ended so I don’t know anything.”

Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault

On Henrik Lundqvist’s play tonight and the hit by Cody Eakin:

“Well, the first thing is that the League better do something about that hit. It’s everything that you want to take away from the game. Hit to the head, forward motion and it’s a goaltender on top. That happens in the playoffs and your goaltender has to go out of the net. They better do something about that and they better take care of business. As far as Hank’s [Henrik Lundqvist] play tonight; there’s no doubt that he played extremely well....


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Video- Cody Eakin Hit On Henrik Lundqvist

Five minute major for charging and a game misconduct for Eakin.  Lundqvist went to room for a few minutes but has returned and is back in the game.


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Antti Raanta Or Henrik Lundqvist Tonight?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

... I am not sure what to expect for Tuesday’s rematch against Chicago. There is a strong argument to be made for continuing to ride the wave with Raanta, no doubt about that. But there is an equally valid argument this is the time for Lundqvist to get the call, because if Raanta goes again and plays well again, then you bet the Rangers will have a goaltending controversy they do not need.

If Lundqvist sits for what would be an unprecedented fourth straight time and Raanta duplicates his work over the last three games through which he earned the NHL’s second-star-of-the-week designation in allowing one goal on 63 shots including consecutive shutouts against Chicago and New Jersey, then why not a fifth straight Thursday in Dallas? Then maybe a sixth two nights later in Nashville?

Or is four the line of demarcation?

more on the goalie situation plus other NYR talk...

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Henrik Lundqvist Will Once Again Watch The Game From The Bench

via New York Rangers tweets,

AV on @ARaanta31: "Antti is definitely playing well and deserves to play tonight and that’s what we’re doing.” 

More AV: "[Henrik's] like all our players, a team-first attitude & right now there’s no doubt Antti’s playing well and deserves to play."

Lundqvist last started a game on December 6th.

added 11:55am, via Steve Zipay tweets,

A diplomatic Lundqvist today: "If he (Raanta) hadn't played that well and I'm still sitting here, that would be hard to accept.'

Lundqvist: "It's about what's best for the team right now, it's not about me."

Lundqvist on departure: "I have always had, in the past, I've had opportunities to play in ups and downs, I just play & get into a nice ..."

Lundqvist: "...flow. It's a little different now, you play a couple and sit out, it's a different approach. But there's no excuses..."

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Video- It’s Not Often You See A Big Hit On Patrick Kane

Then a frustrated Kane delivered a high-stick...


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Troubling Signs For The New York Rangers

After the Rangers lost 4-2 to the Islanders...

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers competed. They put pucks to the net. They were punished physically for much of the contest by a more physical team that played with a growl, but never backed down. And yet, the Blueshirts made critical mistakes in the neutral zone and in front of the net.

They also could not capitalize on a majority of even-strength zone time (50-40 attempts) or on sustained power-play pressure during a four-minute advantage in the first period that produced nine shots, all sent on Halak with purpose. Not only were the Rangers kept off the board by Halak, they yielded a two-on-one immediately thereafter when Brock Nelson — who had concussed Matt Puempel to draw the double-minor — joined the rush on which Jason Chimera scored for a 2-0 lead at 17:24.

Puempel never returned. Nash left the game for good at 6:38 of the second cutting short his shift after nine seconds. The Rangers, who started the game without Michael Grabner (attending his grandmother’s funeral in Austria) were down to 10 forwards. They competed, but could not get it done.

And so, the wave of enthusiasm generated by that unexpected 13-4 bolt out of the gate is in the past. The Rangers are in deep, maybe in deep trouble, having won just four of their past 10 (4-5-1) and facing life without their prime difference-maker up front and with their prime difference-maker, period, struggling in nets.


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