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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.
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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from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
A lengthy review ensued despite such a play not being reviewable by NHL rules, making the situation even more peculiar. The explanation of the overturned call — or lack thereof — didn't set well with Predators coach Peter Laviolette.
“I don’t know understand myself,” Laviolette said. "I don’t understand any explanation I got tonight. None. It’s frustrating. We’re in a playoff battle, so we need every point. We’re walking away with none tonight.”
a bit more
It would have looked a lot better if the ref waved off the goal instead of pointing out the puck crossed the line since it was probably his intent to blow the play dead.
via Sportsnet YouTub page,
Headline- Linesman Lonnie Cameron takes dump in off side of the head
Summary- Watch as Lonnie Cameron takes a dump in off the side of the head.
Thankfully, it appears Cameron will by just fine.
Home Team in Caps
Dallas 7, NY RANGERS 6
COLUMBUS 4, Carolina 1
TORONTO 4, Buffalo 3
Ottawa 6, ST. LOUIS 4
New Jersey 4, MINNESOTA 3
Chicago 6, COLORADO 4
CALGARY 5, Florida 2
VANCOUVER 1, Nashville 0
ANAHEIM 2, Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
STARS OUTSCORE RANGERS IN OFFENSIVE THRILLER ON BROADWAY
One night after the highest-scoring NHL game in more than five years, the Stars and Rangers combined for 13 goals at Madison Square Garden. The Stars scored a season-high seven goals and withstood a third-period rally by the Rangers – during which they were outscored 3-0 and outshot 25-4 – en route to victory.
* Elias notes that the Dallas-New York contest was the fourth NHL game this season to feature at least 13 goals – and second in as many nights (PIT 8, WSH 7 OT). The last time there were at least four such games in an entire season was 2011-12 (also four).
* Patrick Eaves (1-2—3) and Patrick Sharp (2-0—2) triggered the Stars’ offence with goals 12 seconds apart in the first period, while captain Jamie Benn (1-2—3) posted his sixth three-point game of the season.
Gave up 3 goals in a little over 9 minutes in the 2nd period.
Rielly went to the room, came back to give it a go but his leg did not respond well. Back to the dressing room.
The Leafs actually chllenged the goal for interference, no dice.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
With the team at 17-17-8 and in last place in Eastern Conference following a season in which it won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years, Snow surprisingly said a decision had been made prior to this announcement that Capuano was not going to be the coach next season.
“At the end of the day, organizationally, I don’t think Jack was probably going to be a coach we were going to bring back,” Snow said on a conference call. “At this time, to name Dougie Weight interim head coach, we can start a coaching search now and not have to worry about the ramifications of trying to do that with Jack as head coach.”
So it rang incredibly hollow when Snow dropped the cliche about how Capuano “is an excellent coach.” Snow callously added: “When you’re a coach in this league, sometimes you’re a victim of different circumstances.”
Right, so if all that’s true, there was no way Capuano was going to be the coach next season?
Either way, the circumstances Capuano were put in this season were created by Snow. The GM spent this past summer watching as stalwarts Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin signed elsewhere, and attempted to replace them with a bloated contract for winger Andrew Ladd and the addition of veteran winger Jason Chimera.
added 6:33pm, from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
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