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A Not So Hot Return For Henrik Lundqvist And A Brendan Smith/Corey Perry Fight

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If Henrik Lundqvist wanted to be tested in order to prepare for the playoffs upon returning from a seven-game absence covering nearly three weeks, The King surely was that here on Sunday in a 6-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Ducks.

“It was a challenging game,” Lundqvist said with a wry smile after surrendering five goals on 33 shots in 58:37. “You hope for maybe a little easier game, but there are no easy games in this league.”

It is impossible for there to be an easy game with the Rangers making it as difficult as possible on themselves and their goaltender. Despite being tied 3-3 entering the third, the Blueshirts were guilty of a multitude of bleeps, bloopers and blunders in their decisions, puck-movement and coverage all night long.

“Too many guys brought their ‘C’ game and that’s not good enough,” coach Alain Vigneault said following the defeat that prevented the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot. “It was not an easy game for Hank, but if I know him the way everyone does, he’s going to get better.”

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Below, watch Corey Perry and Brendan Smith go at it...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+smith, corey+perry, henrik+lundqvist

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RWBill's avatar

Still looks weird seeing Smith in the blue shirts.  But not really sad about it.

Posted by RWBill on 03/27/17 at 08:30 AM ET

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Good for Smitty

Posted by George0211 on 03/27/17 at 08:45 AM ET

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Smitty!

Posted by RyanVM on 03/27/17 at 11:08 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Was slowly crawling through the security line when that Smith-Perry brouhaha went down (like seriously, two FOBs on one keychain startles security). But yeah, was hoping that the Rangers would keep up the emotional play and take out the Duck. Alas, the “Potvin Sucks” chants weren’t enough to power them through the third period.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 03/27/17 at 11:43 AM ET

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Smith one of few Rangers with any grit.  Rangers lack of sandpaper and emotion is a fatal flaw.

Posted by Henry on 03/28/17 at 11:53 AM ET

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