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The New York Rangers’ Net Belongs To Ondrej Pavelec For Now

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This isn’t about a goaltending controversy because there is none and this isn’t about the big picture, because for the Rangers these days the only picture that matters is the one right in front of their faces. In other words, the next game and nothing more than the next game.

And in the aftermath of Thursday’s 5-2 empty-net abetted 5-2 victory at the Garden over the rock-bottom 0-9-1 Coyotes in which Ondrej Pavelec gave the Rangers a rock-solid 28-save performance, the 30-year-old Czech merits the start for the next game Saturday night in Montreal.

Henrik Lundqvist was magnificent in the three playoff games in Montreal last spring, so it’s not that. It is simply that Pavelec was steadier in his second start wearing the Blueshirt than Lundqvist has been in perhaps nine of his 10 this season.

And with the edge on which his 3-6-2 Rangers are skating and the edge on which his coaching career in New York likely rests, Alain Vigneault should go with the goaltender who is at, or close to, the top of his game. On this final weekend of October, that would be Pavelec.

Winner keeps the net.

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